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

  • IEU Secretary John Quessy's report to AGM: The year in summary

    As the year wends its way towards its inevitable close, I cannot but be mindful of Shakespeare’s observation “True it is that we have seen better days”.

    25 Oct 2017
  • McManus: It’s time to change the rules

    “The ridiculous processes you’re having to go through with Protected Action Ballot Orders – all those hurdles tip the power in favour of the employer.”

    23 Oct 2017
  • Position Vacant - IEU Organiser Sydney

    The Union is currently seeking applications for a fulltime Organiser to be based in one of our Sydney offices (Ultimo or Parramatta). The successful applicant will ideally commence duties in Term 1 2018. Members from all sectors of non government education are invited to apply.

    23 Oct 2017
  • News release: IEUA inspires educators to think green

    TV personality Costa Georgiadis will be among speakers at the Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA) NSW/ACT Branch Environment Conference – Think, Act, Connect – helping teachers and support staff in non government schools and early learning centres make sustainability a success.

    18 Oct 2017
  • News release: Do you want your child judged by a robot?

    A move towards automated marking of NAPLAN English exams undermines teacher professionalism, promotes poor practice and should be a cause of concern to parents.

    12 Oct 2017