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

  • An election reminder from the IEU

    For those who haven’t yet voted, Saturday is our chance to vote for a fairer future!

    15 May 2019
  • First ACTU president since Hawke to present minimum wage case: Workplace Express

    For the first time in four decades, the ACTU will tomorrow roll out its president to make final submissions to the FWC's annual wage review as it seeks to buttress the union movement and Labor Party's focus on a "living wage" ahead of Saturday's Federal election.

    14 May 2019
  • Your Union talking with you

    The IEU is in the middle of another great leap forward in engaging and communicating with you, our valued members.

    10 May 2019
  • May Day rally and family day

    On Sunday 5 May, Unions NSW hosted the annual May Day celebrations in Sydney, with thousands of workers taking to the streets in a rally before enjoying Union stalls and free fairground rides in the afternoon.

    06 May 2019
  • Fiji police attack union members on May Day

    The IEUA stands in solidarity with FTU (Fiji Teachers Union) and FTA (Fijian Teachers Association) members and all other union members in Fiji as they face a further attack on their human rights, their working rights and their rights to union association.

    02 May 2019