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

  • Teachers' Day #LetUsTeach

    In the lead up to October 27, Teachers’ Day, IEU began a social media campaign to draw attention to the declining autonomy of our teachers and the excessive workloads they face.

    27 Oct 2017
  • A degree matters

    The State of Early Learning Report 2017 shows slightly less NSW children are presenting at school developmentally vulnerable compared to the national average.

    25 Oct 2017
  • Equal Remuneration – help needed

    Members would be aware that the IEU is currently running a case in the Fair Work Commission for equal pay for early childhood teachers and directors with primary teachers and other professionals.

    25 Oct 2017
  • Are developers gouging parents?

    Developers and landlords are inflating the cost of childcare and condemning children to spending their childhood in crappy environments, Early Childhood Consultant Lisa Bryant writes.

    25 Oct 2017
  • Hearing the Indigenous voice

    Many early learning centres have Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) and actively work to include Indigenous understanding into their centre or preschool.

    25 Oct 2017