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

  • Letters sent to Sydney & Parramatta diocesan directors - Enterprise Bargaining for principals

    The IEU sent letters to the directors of Sydney and Parramatta Catholic dioceses on Friday 12 June clarifying their position regarding ongoing bargaining for a new Enterprise Agreement for principals.

    16 Jun 2020
  • Education Council - Universal Access National Partnership review

    Education Council considered the final report on the review of the Universal Access National Partnership (UANP). The IEU made a submission to the review and were consulted by the Nous Group in this process.

    16 Jun 2020
  • Letter to diocesan directors regarding Work Practices Agreements

    The union has written to diocesan directors following constructive discussions that have occurred between the union and CCER about the making of a new enterprise agreement for teachers and support staff in Catholic systemic schools.

    15 Jun 2020
  • Government's childcare shocker

    IEU Organiser for the South Coast, Tina Smith, was interviewed by the Illawarra Mercury on the government's announced intention to remove the early childhood education and care relief package that had been providing free childcare to around one million families in Australia.

    12 Jun 2020
  • Catholic systemic EA update

    Here's the latest update about the union's negotiations for a new Enterprise Agreement for Catholic systemic schools in NSW and ACT.

    10 Jun 2020