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

  • IEU Q&A goes Facebook Live

    On Facebook Live today, John Quessy, Secretary IEUA NSW/ACT Branch answered members' questions about the Catholic schools campaign.

    27 Jul 2017
  • News release: Catholic schools staff plan industrial action

    Catholic school teachers and support staff across NSW and the ACT are planning a series of rolling stop work actions to defend their right to a fair hearing in front of the industrial umpire.

    24 Jul 2017
  • IEU calls for protected action

    The Union has not been able to reach agreement with the Catholic Commission of Employment Relations (CCER) concerning the new enterprise agreement (EA) to apply to NSW and ACT Catholic systemic schools.

    20 Jul 2017
  • Update: Catholic systemic schools EA for teachers and general employees

    The Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER) has disputed the right to arbitration under the existing systemic EA clause.

    20 Jul 2017
  • PD and awards

    The IEU offers an extensive program of PD provided free to its members.

    19 Jul 2017