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

  • Support for schools and early childhood centres during bushfire alert

    Some schools and early childhood services are being significantly impacted by the current bushfire emergency.

    12 Nov 2019
  • Queensland Catholic members endorse protected industrial action

    IEUA NSW/ACT Branch expresses solidarity with Queensland IEUA members, as their campaign in Catholic systemic schools escalates.

    06 Nov 2019
  • IEU allies with Clean Up Australia

    The IEU has partnered with Clean Up Australia for 2020, to promote Schools Clean Up Day which will be held on Friday 28 February.

    06 Nov 2019
  • CSO members to take Industrial Action

    IEU members employed in the Catholic Schools Office Maitland-Newcastle have been successful in their application for protected industrial action, and will stop work for 2 hours on Wednesday 20 November. To support the CSO chapter we are asking that all chapters move the following motion.

    05 Nov 2019
  • Important Notification

    An email purporting to be from a member of staff in the Union membership section headed IEUA NSW/ACT BRANCH went out today from about 8.30am to some members (both current and resigned). The word “box” appears in blue at the top of the email and recipients are invited to click on a blue rectangle with the words “Go to File”.

    04 Nov 2019