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

  • Workload and wellbeing

    As in previous years, the IEU has supported the Teachers Health Fund principals' wellbeing survey and has encouraged the participation of principal members.

    20 Oct 2018
  • Let’s talk

    Codes of conduct for parents and carers, the implementation of Learning Progressions in some dioceses, students with disabilities and the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data…

    20 Oct 2018
  • School staff need protection from discrimination too

    The Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA) opposes discrimination based on a person’s sexuality.

    18 Oct 2018
  • Book launch: Writing from detention on Manus

    You are invited to attend a union book launch of ‘No friend but the mountain: writing from Manus Prison’ by imprisoned refugee Behrouz Boochani. Organising to #BRINGTHEMHERE

    17 Oct 2018
  • News Release: IEU congratulates the Labor Party re extending preschool access to three year olds

    Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten and Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development, Amanda Rishworth, said a Shorten Labor Government will introduce a new two year National Preschool and Kindy Program ...

    17 Oct 2018