Call for nominations: IEU Council

A second-round election of sub branch delegates to Council is under way (see all details at right and links below). This is to fill vacancies left after recent elections as there were not enough nominations to fill all available positions in some sub branches. Nominations open from 11 June and close on 8 July at 4pm.

Download the Election Notice and Nomination Form

Council is the governing body of the NSW/ACT Branch of the Independent Education Union of Australia. It brings together up to 115 delegates from our 20 sub branches and 21 elected Executive members. The IEU’s organisers, industrial officers and professional staff also attend Council but do not have voting rights.

The IEU is made up of chapters that meet at the school level. Reps and chapter committees are elected at each workplace by members of the chapter.

Reps and active members are encouraged to attend their local sub branch meeting. These sub branches meet once per term to exchange information and ideas with their fellow members and with union officers. There are 19 geographical sub branches and the Principals’ Sub Branch (see Sub Branch reports)

Each sub branch is entitled to elect delegates to Council. The number of delegates is determined by the size of the sub branch. Most sub branches are entitled to elect six delegates to Council, with each sub branch entitled to elect at least four delegates.

Elections are held every two years. If there are more candidates than the required number of delegates, elections are conducted through a postal ballot of all members in their sub branch. Elections are official and conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission.

Council meets four times a year in Sydney, on a Saturday, with an Annual General Meeting each October, at which the IEU’s Annual Report is presented. Council meetings are an opportunity for delegates and union officials to exchange information and ideas and consider and determine the business of the union in the interests of members.

Attending chapter and sub branch meetings and becoming a Council delegate are great ways to get more involved in the IEU’s mission to advance the professional and industrial interests of teachers and support staff.