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

  • Letter to diocesan directors regarding Work Practices Agreements

    The union has written to diocesan directors following constructive discussions that have occurred between the union and CCER about the making of a new enterprise agreement for teachers and support staff in Catholic systemic schools.

    15 Jun 2020
  • Government's childcare shocker

    IEU Organiser for the South Coast, Tina Smith, was interviewed by the Illawarra Mercury on the government's announced intention to remove the early childhood education and care relief package that had been providing free childcare to around one million families in Australia.

    12 Jun 2020
  • Catholic systemic EA update

    Here's the latest update about the union's negotiations for a new Enterprise Agreement for Catholic systemic schools in NSW and ACT.

    10 Jun 2020
  • EA bargaining update for Catholic independent schools (Model B and C)

    The Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER) wrote to the union on 1 June with their position on new enterprise agreements (EAs) for teachers and support staff in approximately 30 Catholic independent schools covered by Model B and Model C multi-enterprise agreements. As you would be aware, the current EAs expired at the end of 2019.

    10 Jun 2020
  • Policy and funding vacuum remains for early learning

    On Monday 8 June, in a public holiday surprise announcement, the government declared their intention to snap back to the old Child Care Subsidy (CCS) system. This decision potentially leaves the entire sector - families, providers and skilled early childhood education and care professionals – in a policy and funding vacuum.

    09 Jun 2020