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

  • Why we march on May Day

    Eight hours of work, eight hours of rest and eight hours of play.

    17 Apr 2019
  • Have your Working With Children Check details with you on the go

    Service NSW and the Office of the Children’s Guardian are trialling a project to allow a secure and convenient way for you to view your Working With Children Check clearance number on a digital card in the Service NSW app.

    16 Apr 2019
  • 600,000 not yet enrolled to vote

    The Federal Election has been called for 18 May, but the Australian Electoral Commission estimates almost 600,000 eligible voters are still not on the roll.

    15 Apr 2019
  • Change the Rules protests across the country

    Hundreds of thousands of unionists took to the streets to protest the current workplace system, and demand we Change the Rules.

    10 Apr 2019
  • NSW Premier's Teacher Scholarships

    The NSW Premier's Teacher Scholarships provide $10,000 or $15,000 for a five-week study tour within Australia or overseas. Applications for scholarship-funded study tours in 2020 are now open and will close 28 April 2019.

    08 Apr 2019