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

  • 2018 Professional Learning Survey is now open

    The NSW Education Standards Authority has released a survey to capture the experiences and preferences of NSW teachers. The survey is now live and ready for you to have your say.

    19 Nov 2018
  • What does your Union do for you?

    Our short and informative animated video, explaining exactly what it is the IEU can do for you, is live on YouTube right now. It's the perfect message to send to your friends and colleagues who you think should also join the Union.

    16 Nov 2018
  • Kurt Fearnley named 2019 NSW Australian of the Year

    The 37 year old champion athlete, disability advocate and qualified teacher was named the NSW Australian of the Year for 2019 on Monday night.

    14 Nov 2018
  • Why am I temporary?

    In recent months the Union has been contacted by a number of support staff who have been classified as temporary for no good reason.

    12 Nov 2018
  • NSW Government announces additional funding for public schools

    The NSW Government has signed up to the Gonski 2.0 agreement, which they claim will ensure additional funding to schools across the state.

    07 Nov 2018