Supporting the independent education community

Support staff

The IEU represents non-teaching support staff in schools, colleges and other educational institutions, with the exception of those employed in early childhood services.

Support staff can include school secretaries, teachers' aides, laboratory and library assistants, canteen staff, maintenance workers and groundkeepers.

The Union has achieved regular increases for support staff comparable with those of teacher-members and has constantly sought to improve working conditions for support staff in line with improvements achieved for teachers. Occupational Health and Safety is a major priority of the union and of particular concern for support staff.

The participation of support staff within the Union is further strengthened through the School Support Staff Advisory Committee and the contribution of Support Staff Vice President Carolyn Collins as a member of the IEU Executive.

The School Support Staff Advisory Committee has seven members from a broad range of classifications and sectors including clerical employees, school assistants, boarding house staff, and grounds and maintenance staff.

Your workplace news

  • Union wins right to industrial action: video update

    IEU Secretary John Quessy has released another video update regarding the progress of the new Enterprise Agreement for Catholic systemic schools. In the video Quessy states that "the Fair Work Commission has granted the Union's application for Protected Action Ballots" and "IEU is currently negotiating the timetable for those ballots with the Australian Electoral Commission."

    13 Sep 2017
  • Lismore CSO EA: Fact Check 2

    Another letter has been distributed by Catholic Employers in the Lismore Diocese regarding the progress of the Enterprise Agreement.

    12 Sep 2017
  • Breaking news: FWC grants IEU’s application for Protected Action Ballots

    Last night the FWC granted the IEU’s application for Protected Action Ballots in the 11 Catholic Dioceses.

    08 Sep 2017
  • News release: Challenging the myths on early childhood education

    There are lots of myths circulating in society about the role and status of early childhood teachers. The Independent Education Union (IEU) is out to challenge those myths at its conference in Sydney this Saturday.

    07 Sep 2017
  • IEU receives letter of support from OECTA

    IEU has received a letter from the president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association, Liz Stuart, in support of its position in the ongoing dispute with CCER.

    05 Sep 2017