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

  • Why am I temporary?

    In recent months the Union has been contacted by a number of support staff who have been classified as temporary for no good reason.

    12 Nov 2018
  • NSW Government announces additional funding for public schools

    The NSW Government has signed up to the Gonski 2.0 agreement, which they claim will ensure additional funding to schools across the state.

    07 Nov 2018
  • Uluru Statement from the Heart

    A week of action from Sunday 4 November through to Saturday 10 November has been organised by the Northern Territory Branch of the MUA in support of the Statement from the Heart.

    06 Nov 2018
  • ACT's move to amend Discrimination Act supported by IEU

    The IEUA NSW/ACT Branch has written to ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr to support his intention to amend the Discrimination Act 1991 to remove exemptions for non government schools in respect to staff and students.

    05 Nov 2018
  • IEU calls for urgent review of NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977

    The IEUA NSW/ACT Branch IEU has written to NSW State Premier Gladys Berejiklian calling for an urgent review of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 to protect students and staff in 'private education authorities'.

    05 Nov 2018