Support staff seize the day

The members of the IEU Support Staff Advisory Committee had an opportunity to meet at the end of Term 4 2015. The meeting agenda covered a wide range of topics and was also a chance for the committee to review the year and assess the feedback and post conference analysis for the 2015 Conference Work Well.

IEU Industrial Officer Iain Bailey provided the committee with a comprehensive report on the outcomes of industrial negotiations and the range of new agreements covering non teaching staff in nearly all non government school sectors, as well as an update on negotiations in the Christian schools sector.

The committee engaged in detailed discussions on the implementation of the new classification structure and conditions for the Catholic diocesan schools. This included reports from the committee members on problems that have arisen in some dioceses.

Last year saw the launch of the new enews, Gaining Ground. Bronwyn Ridgway, Media and Communications Officer provided the committee with detailed analysis on the roll out of this new initiative. The figures show that each edition is getting more successful in terms of its distribution and access by members. Planning for future editions was the part of the meeting’s deliberations. The committee also looked into the range of opportunities to connect and communicate with members, through both traditional and new media forums.

The meeting was also a chance to do a wrap up of the Work Well Conference. The conference evaluation report, including delegates feedback and the full financial breakdown, has provided a basis for the planning and preparation of the 2017 event.

The committee should be proud of their hard work and contributions to a busy year for the Union. Their assistance and guidance has been invaluable in matters relating to our non teacher members.

There is an opening on the Support Staff Advisory Committee for a Sydney based member. If you are an IEU non teaching staff member, working in a Catholic or independent school in the Sydney metropolitan area and are interested in joining the committee, get in touch with your IEU organiser or myself by contacting the Union office or emailing

Carolyn Moore
Industrial Officer