Supporting the independent education community

Support staff

The IEU represents non-teaching support staff in schools, colleges and other educational institutions, with the exception of those employed in early childhood services.

Support staff can include school secretaries, teachers' aides, laboratory and library assistants, canteen staff, maintenance workers and groundkeepers.

The Union has achieved regular increases for support staff comparable with those of teacher-members and has constantly sought to improve working conditions for support staff in line with improvements achieved for teachers. Occupational Health and Safety is a major priority of the union and of particular concern for support staff.

The participation of support staff within the Union is further strengthened through the School Support Staff Advisory Committee and the contribution of Support Staff Vice President Carolyn Collins as a member of the IEU Executive.

The School Support Staff Advisory Committee has seven members from a broad range of classifications and sectors including clerical employees, school assistants, boarding house staff, and grounds and maintenance staff.

Your workplace news

  • Ensuring Integrity Bill must be rejected

    The Registered Organisations (Ensuring Integrity) Bill currently before the Federal Parliament is bad legislation and bad public policy.

    26 Sep 2019
  • Regional climate strike activities

    While the massive crowds in Sydney and Melbourne dominate headlines, tens of thousands of protesters also took to the streets in more regional centres and towns, demanding action on climate change. The IEU had a contingent at a number of these protests.

    23 Sep 2019
  • School strike for climate

    The IEU was proud to attend and support the 20 September student lead School Strike for Climate.

    20 Sep 2019
  • ACTU backs #ClimateStrike

    Australian Council of Trade Unions expresses support for students, adults and workers joining the Global #ClimateStrike.

    19 Sep 2019
  • Conferences success

    In the last two weeks, the IEU has proudly hosted both our Early Childhood and Support Staff conferences, with great success.

    16 Sep 2019