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

  • New ways of doing things in an early childhood setting

    The IEU know that that early childhood teachers ensure their services are highly organised in areas of care and education and health and safety, but with the emergence of Covid-19 we are seeing teachers introducing new ways of doing things.

    01 May 2020
  • Privacy at work and COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting a range of privacy challenges at work. Health information about a worker can be particularly sensitive and must be handled appropriately by employers. However, privacy laws do not prohibit the collection, use and disclosure of health information to the extent that it is necessary to prevent and manage COVID-19 risks at work.

    30 Apr 2020
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Cleaning and disinfection

    COVID–19 is a health and safety risk. Employers have obligations to ensure the health and safety of workers and others. They must have a plan on what will be done to protect and support workers, and health and safety representatives (HSRs) must be consulted on this plan.

    30 Apr 2020
  • COVID-19: Early childhood learning protocols must be put in place  

    Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Learning Jodie Harrison is calling for immediate and clear protocols for infection controls in early childhood learning centres, with today's announcement of a four-year-old having COVID-19 making the issue even more critical.

    29 Apr 2020
  • Teachers to stop work at Islamic School of Canberra

    Teachers at the Islamic School of Canberra are set to take protected industrial action to protest a protracted enterprise bargaining process. Teachers will stop work for one hour, from 8.50am to 9.50am, on Thursday 30 April.

    29 Apr 2020