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

  • QLD Update: School strikes suspended to prevent "chaos"

    Teachers and support staff have voted to suspend work bans in 196 Queensland Catholic schools, preventing chaos in classrooms across the state following their employers lockout threat.

    28 Nov 2019
  • NSW/ACT IEU members back Queensland colleagues

    Secretary Mark Northam has expressed the union's support for our Queensland colleagues, 7000 of whom are facing the unprecedented threat of being locked out of their schools as agreement negotiations escalate.

    27 Nov 2019
  • IEU members threatened with lockouts in Queensland Catholic Schools

    Our colleagues in Catholic schools in Queensland have, in response to their current round of industrial action, been threatened by their employer with indefinite lockouts from their workplaces.

    26 Nov 2019
  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

    As today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the IEU national office has released another ‘IEU Speaks’ which focuses on ILO Convention 190. This Convention has a particular focus on ending workplace harassment and bullying and complements the earlier IEU Speaks which focused on the 16 days of action against gendered violence.

    25 Nov 2019
  • Hunter Workers celebrates 150 years

    Hunter Workers – formerly known as Newcastle Trades Hall Council – is today celebrating 150 years of continuous function, promoting the rights of workers in the Hunter region.

    20 Nov 2019