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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

  • Change the rules

    The IEU firmly supports the Change the Rules campaign against the industrial framework of the Fair Work Act.

    16 Mar 2019
  • Rep spotlight

    Tim Connors has been the IEU Rep at Insearch Language Centre since 2013, after taking over from long time incumbent Vlad Keremidschieff. Tim has always been a very active rep, being deeply involved in bargaining and assisting any members with individual concerns.

    16 Mar 2019
  • Bargaining in crisis

    For all your Union’s successes in bargaining, the system itself is under great strain. The provisions in the Fair Work Act are premised on reasonable people, acting reasonably, which is probably not a safe assumption in today’s industrial environment.

    16 Mar 2019
  • Agreements roundup

    Your Union is busy making improvements for members across the sector, and a big part of that is by enterprise bargaining. The IEU has been negotiating with several colleges in recent months.

    16 Mar 2019
  • NGS Super recognised as safest bet

    An independent analysis of superannuation funds has declared NGS Super to be the top pick when it comes to plotting the steadiest path in terms of listed investments.

    14 Mar 2019