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

  • Your colleagues' stories

    Our last issue of Newsmonth featured a number of stories featuring the work and impact of support staff members across the industry.

    13 Jul 2019
  • Survey – unpaid overtime

    The IEU is conducting an important support staff survey of to find out how many unpaid hours school support staff are performing.

    13 Jul 2019
  • PD for support staff

    Back by popular demand, Work Hoarse Voice Care training returns in Term 3 for members who may have missed out last time.

    13 Jul 2019
  • Teaching Indigenous languages: How Australia can learn from other countries

    There are hundreds of Indigenous languages in Australia. What can Australia learn from other countries to add them to school curriculums?

    12 Jul 2019
  • Uluru Statement from the Heart

    The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week is “Voice. Treaty. Truth” - three key elements of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

    12 Jul 2019