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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

  • NewsExtra: Urgent Update - Teacher Pay Negotiations

    Urgent update following the IEU Executive meeting on Friday 4 August, in regard to the latest developments in the NSW public sector teacher pay negotiations.

    04 Aug 2023
  • Improved parental leave - Catholic Education Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn

    The Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn is improving paid maternity leave and paid parental leave entitlements for all eligible employees. Read more.

    04 Aug 2023
  • Media Release: Teacher union calls on Premier to honour his promises

    The IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Executive unanimously endorsed a motion calling on the NSW Government to immediately return to the negotiating table with the NSW Teachers Federation (NSWTF) on government teacher pay. The IEUA NSW/ACT is calling on NSW Catholic systemic employers to immediately address the pay crisis by agreeing to pay rises of at least 8-12%.

    04 Aug 2023
  • Executive Motion: Premier must honour his promises

    The IEU Executive notes the proposal for a restructured salary scale that was agreed between the NSW Government and the NSW Teachers Federation. It would have provided increases of 8% for experienced teachers and 12% for beginning teachers and would have been a significant step in addressing the teacher shortage in NSW. It would also have provided an appropriate recognition of teachers’ work as professionals.

    04 Aug 2023
  • Media Release: They just don’t get it - insulting teacher pay offer from the NSW Government

    The NSW Government must reconsider the insulting pay offer made to NSW Government teachers today. This decision directly impacts Independent Education Union (IEU) teacher members in Catholic systemic schools across NSW. Even though Catholic employers are not bound by NSW Government decisions for government school teachers, they’ve long imposed the same on their own teachers.

    03 Aug 2023