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

  • Take action now

    Send an email to your Federal MP demanding that the Fair Work Act be amended to provide for the arbitration of disputes referred by either part to the dispute and tell your story of why it matters to you.

    01 Dec 2017
  • News release: Catholic teachers escalate strike action

    Thousands of Catholic school teachers and support staff across NSW and the ACT will stop work on Monday, 4 December for four hours in the next round of industrial action to protest Catholic employers’ stubborn refusal to strike a reasonable bargain.

    30 Nov 2017
  • Venues of stop work rallies - 4 December 2017

    Rallies and stop work meetings will be held in the locations listed below.

    29 Nov 2017
  • Vote NO to employers' EA (video)

    IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Secretary John Quessy has released a video encouraging members in Catholic systemic schools to vote NO to employers' EA.

    29 Nov 2017
  • Overwhelming success in Union vote for protected action

    Nearly all of the 110 Chapters that participated in the Union’s recent electronic vote for protected action were successful.

    28 Nov 2017