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

  • Responding to bushfire trauma

    The Union is offering an opportunity to engage with experts in responding to the effects bushfires have on students/children and staff.

    15 Jan 2020
  • Update - NSW schools and early childhood centres affected by bushfires

    The union has been advised by Catholic Education Canberra and Goulburn (CECG) that at least 12 Catholic schools have been affected by bushfire. They are Batehaven, Moruya, Broulee, Bega, Pambula, Bombala, Cooma, Batlow, Adelong. Tumut, Braidwood and Gundagai. Some independent schools and early childhood centres have also been affected, including Scots College, Glengarry campus at Kangaroo Valley.

    14 Jan 2020
  • Information for members affected by the bushfire emergency

    The Union is aware that a number of members have been severely affected by the NSW bush fires, particularly on the South Coast and in the Snowy Mountains and nearby areas. Some IEU members have lost their homes as a result of the bush fires.

    13 Jan 2020
  • How you can help bushfire affected communities

    The national bushfire crisis has brought a bleak start to the new year for many Australians who have had their homes destroyed, family members lost, jobs gone and are experiencing significant dislocation. Many of those on the front line of the crisis are trade union members and their families. The Australian trade union movement stands in solidarity with affected communities.

    08 Jan 2020
  • Christmas closedown

    The IEU wishes all of our members a safe and happy holiday! We will be closing down over Christmas from 20 December, and look forward to serving and fighting for you in 2020.

    19 Dec 2019