IEU is committed to taking a leadership role in educating members through its policies and publications regarding the truth of the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and their struggle to achieve land rights and self-determination.
IEU has formed a committee to develop IEUA national policies on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, consulting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff in non government schools, and developing cross cultural awareness within IEU structures.
On behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members we have raised issues of tenure, classification, role descriptions, and the lack of commitment to employ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Workers permanently. The Union has been successful through negotiations with Diocesan Directors to have the majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Workers made permanent.
Federally, IEUA has assisted the Federal Council on issues including: Human Rights and Equal Commission's Inquiry into Rural and Remote Education; Inquiry into Boys Education; Reconciliation; Sorry Day; and the IEUA/ATSIC Alliance.