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

  • Sydney offices go remote

    Due to the unfolding and uncertain COVID-19 outbreaks in Sydney, and in line with public health recommendations, the staff in the IEU’s Sydney and Parramatta offices will be working from home.

    28 Jun 2021
  • Responding to the NSW Budget 2021

    To coincide with the delivery of the NSW State Budget, the IEU joined with unions from across all sectors to challenge the Government’s rhetoric and spending decisions.

    23 Jun 2021
  • Look to build teaching, not tear it down

    “Suitable motivation to stay in the profession, not barriers to entry, are the biggest drawbacks facing teaching,” said IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Secretary Mark Northam.

    18 Jun 2021
  • AIS Bargaining update: Pay offer totally unacceptable

    IEU representatives met with representatives of the Association of Independent Schools (AIS) on 8 June 2021.

    15 Jun 2021
  • Staff vacancy: Make your voice heard

    The IEU is conducting a brief survey concerning staffing shortages in Catholic systemic schools in NSW and ACT. The union has previously conducted a survey for regional dioceses, and now we are calling for contributions from metropolitan areas.

    07 Jun 2021