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

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    Hundreds of thousands of workers joined forces at rallies in Sydney, Melbourne and Wollongong on 23 October in support of the Change the Rules campaign and IEU organisers and members were in the thick of the action.

    24 Oct 2018
  • NSW Curriculum Review

    NESA is looking for feedback for its NSW Curriculum Review.

    22 Oct 2018
  • Rally to Change the Rules

    Large rallies are planned in Sydney and around the country in support of the ACTU's Change the Rules campaign. Big business has too much power. Details: https://changetherules.org.au

    22 Oct 2018
  • Requesting flex work

    If an employer refuses your request for Flexible Work Arrangements (FWAs), they have to give a good reason why they did so.

    21 Oct 2018
  • Long service leave

    Many support staff start their employment as regular casuals or temporary employees, before moving into a permanent ongoing position.

    21 Oct 2018