Supporting the independent education community


The IEU represents Directors of Studies, teachers and support staff in the English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students industry.

In 1989 the IEU established the first award in Australia for the ELICOS industry and has achieved regular wage increases ever since.

The Union is constantly involved in negotiations to improve wages and conditions for teachers at the state level and for teachers and support staff at individual colleges.

Officers from the Union are available to advise you on your entitlements and working conditions either over the phone or by visiting your workplace.

In addition, every issue of Newsmonth contains an editorial by ELICOS Organiser Kendall Warren.


Do you have something to say about an issue impacting on your industry or do you want to know your rights? Email ELICOS Organiser Kendall Warren at


Your workplace news

  • Exemplary educators study

    Has your centre received an exceeding rating in every possible National Quality Standard Assessment and sub- standard? Are you interested in why your work as an early childhood teacher is undervalued?

    05 Feb 2018
  • Education for youngest members of society remains undervalued

    The IEUA NSW/ACT Branch is disappointed by the Federal Government’s announcement that it will only provide a one year extension to funding for the National Partnership on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education.

    05 Feb 2018
  • New appointment to National Catholic Education Commission welcomed

    The Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA) has welcomed the appointment of Ray Collins to the National Catholic Education Commission.

    01 Feb 2018
  • Reports show that Australia needs to strengthen and extend early education

    The IEU and Early Childhood Australia (ECA) welcomes the Lifting our Game report, commissioned by state and territory governments, which calls on Australian governments to increase their investment in early education and extend universal preschool access to three-year-old children.

    01 Feb 2018
  • Kaleidoscope

    This March's issue of IE contains a Kaleidoscope profile of Professor the Honourable Dame Marie Bashir.

    01 Feb 2018