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

  • You're invited: We Won't Wait 16 days of action

    Members are invited to the launch of Unions NSW's ‘16 Days of Action for the Elimination of Violence against Women’ and the new workplace resource “Working From Home Isn’t Safe When Home Isn’t Safe: How to respond to family & domestic violence in home-based workplaces.”

    24 Nov 2020
  • News release: Union expertise crucial to Mitchell’s new teacher model

    The Independent Education Union of Australia is concerned that NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell’s plans to develop new pathways into teaching will result in yet another token effort to address the profession’s significant concerns.

    13 Nov 2020
  • Voting issue at Sydney Catholic Schools: Religious Education Coordinators left off voting list

    The union has established that 167 Religious Education Coordinators in Sydney Catholic Schools were incorrectly left off the voting list for the new Enterprise Agreement. New instructions have been sent out late this afternoon, Thursday 12 November.

    12 Nov 2020
  • Known voting issue affecting support staff in Diocese of Wagga Wagga

    The union has been made aware that at least 109 support staff in the Catholic Education Diocese of Wagga Wagga have been incorrectly left off the list to vote on the new Catholic Systemic Schools Enterprise Agreement 2020. The union has identified the issue, and the issue has been raised with the diocesan leadership for rectification.

    12 Nov 2020
  • Known EA voting issue at Diocese of Wollongong

    The union has been made aware of an administrative error affecting the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) that has seen a number of members without the opportunity to cast their ballots for the Catholic Systemic Schools Enterprise Agreement 2020.

    10 Nov 2020