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

  • Free PD for casual members

    The IEU has an exclusive offer of free online professional development (PD) with TLN for all early childhood members, including casuals.

    04 Mar 2017
  • Childcare for farmers

    What will it take to get childcare for rural and remote areas on the government’s agenda?

    04 Mar 2017
  • Exclusive member benefit

    Free professional development for IEU early childhood members will allow you to stay on top of current issues in early years education, both with your professional learning and with maintaining your teacher accreditation.

    04 Mar 2017
  • The IEU endorses a 'Yes' vote for the Sydney archdiocese principals' enterprise agreement

    On March 3, NSW/ACT IEU Branch Secretary John Quessy wrote a letter to all principals detailing how the Union had reached agreement on the PRINCIPALS (ARCHDIOCESE OF SYDNEY) ENTERPRISE AGREEMENT 2017-2019 EA.

    04 Mar 2017
  • Dioceses in denial: industrial action possible

    Members will recall the current enterprise agreement (EA) for teachers and support staff in NSW and ACT Catholic systemic schools expired at the end of 2016.

    01 Mar 2017