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

  • Vote NO to employers' EA (video)

    IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Secretary John Quessy has released a video encouraging members in Catholic systemic schools to vote NO to employers' EA.

    29 Nov 2017
  • Overwhelming success in Union vote for protected action

    Nearly all of the 110 Chapters that participated in the Union’s recent electronic vote for protected action were successful.

    28 Nov 2017
  • Save the Date - Stop work Monday 4 December 2017

    IEU will be calling all members in Catholic systemic schools who are able to take protected action to stop work on Monday 4 December to protest against the Employers’ Enterprise Agreement.

    28 Nov 2017
  • CCER oppose IEU stop work action because of “festival”

    CCER executive director Tony Farley and IEU Secretary John Quessy have exchanged letters regarding the Australian Catholic Youth Festival occurring next week, which Farley insists should dissuade IEU from taking stop work action.

    27 Nov 2017
  • Vote NO to the Catholic Employers' "Agreement"

    In an unprecedented action, Catholic employers have circulated a proposed Enterprise Agreement to teachers and staff across all 11 dioceses. Never before, anywhere in the country, have they proposed an agreement that is not endorsed by the Union.

    24 Nov 2017