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

  • Catholic systemic support staff working parties

    IEU members have an opportunity to further progress discussions in relation to support staff pay increases. Support staff members in Catholic systemic schools are invited to participate in one of a series of virtual meetings.

    07 Aug 2020
  • Newcastle schools and COVID-19 closures

    The IEU understands two Newcastle schools, St Pius X, Adamstown, and St Francis Xavier, Hamilton, are now closed for deep cleaning following confirmed COVID-19 cases among students. Between both schools, the union has in excess of 220 members.

    07 Aug 2020
  • Masks in schools

    The current NSW Health advice regarding face masks does not require their use however, it is recommended in certain circumstances. NSW state school principals have been instructed to allow teachers to wear masks in the classroom if they wish, and it is the IEU’s expectation that our members be supported to do so as well.

    07 Aug 2020
  • Solidarity with IEU VICTAS members

    IEU VICTAS members, their families and their communities, are facing down monumental challenges both professionally and personally. Members of the IEUA NSW/ACT Branch stand in solidarity with you all.

    05 Aug 2020
  • For the workers: Campaign launch

    Australian unions, including representatives from the IEU, are in the midst of industrial relations discussions with the government and business lobby. We’re doing everything we can to protect workers’ rights during and after the pandemic.

    05 Aug 2020