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

  • Vale Jack Mundey

    The union movement is devastated to hear of the passing of Jack Mundey and we offer our condolences to Judy, family and his comrades.

    11 May 2020
  • Catholic systemic Enterprise Agreement negotiations

    The IEU met with Catholic employer representatives immediately prior to the Easter vacation period. The employers determined it was inappropriate to continue negotiating during the COVID-19 crisis, and negotiations were decided to be suspended until week 7 in Term 2.

    11 May 2020
  • COVID-19 is not gender neutral

    The COVID-19 pandemic is deepening pre-existing inequalities, exposing vulnerabilities in social, political, and economic systems.

    11 May 2020
  • World support staff day

    The IEU is hosting a virtual afternoon tea to celebrate World Support Staff Day with you, and thank you for all of the incredible work you do in our schools.

    08 May 2020
  • Return to early childhood services and WHS: Information for IEU members

    With increasing numbers of children returning to your early childhood service, the IEU wishes to ensure that work health and safety requirements are in place for staff and children at your service. Please help us better understand what is happening in your service so we can ensure our members are safe by completing our short survey for early childhood members.

    07 May 2020