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

  • 2020: Welcome back

    Union Secretary Mark Northam welcomes members back from the summer break and acknowledges the devastating impact the ongoing bushfire crisis has had on many school communities.

    03 Feb 2020
  • Grants to reward school sustainability efforts

    Northern Beaches Council has established a grants program worth a total of $10,000 to support local schools to become more sustainable. The Eco Schools Grants program offers $2000 per school to partly or fully fund initiatives in the fields of bush regeneration, carbon reduction, waste reduction, water reuse and reduction as well as sustainability education.

    03 Feb 2020
  • Bushfire crisis - statement and resolutions of the South Coast Labour Council 29 January 2020

    The South Coast Labour Council has adopted a number of resolutions at the first General Meeting of the year in relation to the ongoing bushfire crisis and in particular the continuing humanitarian and economic crisis on the South Coast of NSW. The IEU is an affiliated union of the South Coast Labour Council, and IEU organiser Tina Smith holds the position of president of SCLC.

    30 Jan 2020
  • Coronavirus advice

    The outbreak of the Coronavirus in China unfolding over the last few weeks has raised concerns over its potential transmission. The NSW Government has provided advice for schools as a precautionary measure. These, or similar, measures have been adopted by many Catholic and independent schools.

    29 Jan 2020
  • Member sign-on issue resolved

    A known issue affecting a small number of members, preventing them from being able to sign into their accounts on this website, has been resolved.

    28 Jan 2020