Supporting the independent education community


  • State and territory governments given permission to act on school closures

    In a press conference today, 27 March, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that each of the states and territories will be granted license to pursue their own arrangements directly with schools, between now and the end of term.

    27 Mar 2020
  • IEU petition - Time and Trust: Remote Learning Now!

    Sign the IEUA NSW/ACT petition for an immediate transition to emergency schooling arrangements w/ reduced student attendance. Teachers & support staff must be given time and a safe work environment in the transition to a hybrid education model.

    26 Mar 2020
  • Letter from Jodie Harrison NSW Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Learning

    The NSW Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Learning has today written a letter to staff working in early childhood learning centres to thank them for the work they are doing in early childhood education during the uncertain times created by COVID-19. She has also attached a letter she wrote to the Minister for Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell with concerns about the impacts of COVID-19 on the NSW Early Childhood Learning sector.

    26 Mar 2020
  • COVID-19 and independent schools

    The IEU has written to members in independent schools about COVID-19 and the ongoing operation of independent schools.

    26 Mar 2020
  • NESA teacher accreditation during COVID-19 (NSW)

    Recently, the IEU represented members’ concerns about accreditation requirements to NESA. NESA has issued the following advice to ease requirements during this time period.

    26 Mar 2020
  • Covid-19 update for early childhood members

    At this stage, both early education and care centres and community-based preschools will continue to remain open. As with the closure of schools, this matter is under review constantly. We understand that it will be discussed again at the COAG meeting on Friday.

    26 Mar 2020
  • 2020 HSC is going ahead

    At a meeting on 24 March, the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Board confirmed that the Higher School Certificate (HSC) is going ahead in 2020, along with a commitment to providing clear and regular advice to the community about the HSC as the COVID-19 outbreak continues.

    26 Mar 2020
  • The Director of Schools has sent the following advice to principals in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese

    In what is a great leap forward in the rights and entitlements of Catholic school staff in Maitland and Newcastle, the Director of Schools has provided guidance to principals to enact a range of positive safety measures advocated for by the union, including provisions allowing all vulnerable staff to work from home wherever possible.

    26 Mar 2020
  • NSW Labor calls on the Berejiklian Government to close schools, TAFEs and childcare centres

    On Monday 23 March, NSW Labor called on the Berejiklian Government to put an end to the confusion faced by parents and close schools, TAFEs and childcare centres to slow the spread of COVID-19.

    25 Mar 2020
  • COVID-19 video update for early childhood teachers

    The IEU spoke with Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan late yesterday afternoon and again earlier today. The union raised key issues impacting early childhood members that we want the federal government to address immediately.

    25 Mar 2020