Supporting the independent education community

We need your help

After many months of negotiations over a new Catholic Systemic Schools Agreement, the   parties have resolved to undertake a comprehensive review and assessment of the classification structure and comparative wage rates of support staff with those of their Public Sector counterparts. A joint IEU/CCER Working Party has been agreed to as part of the settlement.


The task of the Working Party is to establish equivalency between Catholic systemic schools and those of employees in the NSW government school sector as defined in the Crown Employees (School and Administrative Staff) Award 2019. There has historically been a loose nexus in rates of pay between the sectors, but after a major wages outcome for these public sector employees in late 2019, this is no longer the case.


The terms of reference for the Working Party are still being finalised, but it is anticipated they will meet with employees from a range of dioceses, in differing jobs (for example, school assistants, clerical staff and Aboriginal Education Workers) and with Diocesan representatives as part of their examination of the work performed, with a view to making final recommendations by April 2021.


In the lead up to the Working Party commencing it’s work in Term 4, the IEU’s Support Staff Advisory Committee needs your help. The Committee will be undertaking a broad consultation with our members to ensure our Support Staff and other relevant members’ voices are heard in the deliberation of the Working Party.  


The Advisory Committee will be using emails, online surveys and group meetings as consultation opportunities throughout Term 3. 


So, keep an eye on your inbox, the Union website and the IEU Notice Board at your school for further information on how to participate.