Supporting the independent education community

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.  

The Union has also publicised the survey outcomes when released annually and has liaised with employers where appropriate in regard to principals' workload and wellbeing issues.

Specific initiatives to support principals' wellbeing are acknowledged in the Maitland-Newcastle, Wollongong, Broken Bay and Wagga Wagga Dioceses. The IEU has also spoken recently with Parramatta Diocese about the need for a code of conduct for parents and carers to protect the interests of principals and staff in relation to inappropriate and sometimes violent behaviour.  Such codes are currently in place in some dioceses and should be monitored and reviewed with principal and staff input with a work, health and safety focus.