About the Union

The Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA) with a current membership of over 75,000, is the federally registered industry union representing all employees working in non-government schools and institutions across Australia. Included in its membership are principals, teachers and various categories of clerical, administrative, educational support staff and school services officers employed in primary and secondary schools; and teachers working in some private pre-school settings, Life Education Centres, business colleges and private English Language colleges. Employees wishing to join the IEU should contact their State/Territory Branch. Click on the link above to access the relevant branch.

Latest Articles

  • NAPLAN online: More Steps Needed

    The Independent Education Union of Australia supports a move to NAPLAN online, as announced today following a meeting of Australian Education Ministers.

    “NAPLAN online is an opportunity to properly conduct diagnostic testing, and importantly, provides information back to schools quickly,” IEU Federal Secretary Chris Watt said.

    Mr Watt said the non-government teachers’ union now encouraged the Australian Government to address major issues presented by the conversion to an online format.

    “Firstly, is there the IT capacity in schools to support an online model? Some schools will require infrastructure upgrades and ongoing IT support for the testing to be conducted efficiently,” he said.

    “We also need to look at the effectiveness of raising comparative data across two different testing regimes. How do we do this with two very different tests?”

    Mr Watt said consideration also needed to be given to the nature of the testing.

    “A new test which yields maximum diagnostic function with just a few comparative questions is well and good, but then why are students sitting such long tests now?

    The IEU believes that any additional funding for the implementation and ongoing costs must be provided to schools by the Federal Government.

    “Schools should not have to carry the additional costs of NAPLAN online. In the case of the non-government sector, additional costs invariably lead to parents wearing the financial burden.”

    "This is not acceptable."

    Written on Friday, 31 October 2014 07:52

Recent Articles

  • NAPLAN online: More Steps Needed

    The Independent Education Union of Australia supports a move to NAPLAN online, as announced today following a meeting of Australian Education Ministers.

    “NAPLAN online is an opportunity to properly conduct diagnostic testing, and importantly, provides information back to schools quickly,” IEU Federal Secretary Chris Watt said.

    Mr Watt said the non-government teachers’ union now encouraged the Australian Government to address major issues presented by the conversion to an online format.

    “Firstly, is there the IT capacity in schools to support an online model? Some schools will require infrastructure upgrades and ongoing IT support for the testing to be conducted efficiently,” he said.

    “We also need to look at the effectiveness of raising comparative data across two different testing regimes. How do we do this with two very different tests?”

    Mr Watt said consideration also needed to be given to the nature of the testing.

    “A new test which yields maximum diagnostic function with just a few comparative questions is well and good, but then why are students sitting such long tests now?

    The IEU believes that any additional funding for the implementation and ongoing costs must be provided to schools by the Federal Government.

    “Schools should not have to carry the additional costs of NAPLAN online. In the case of the non-government sector, additional costs invariably lead to parents wearing the financial burden.”

    "This is not acceptable."

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  • IEU welcomes prevention of funding cuts for Students with Disability

    The Independent Education Union of Australia welcomes proposed legislative changes to the Australian Education Amendment Bill.

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  • IEU supports majority of Curriculum Review recommendations, and urges immediate action to address needs of Students with a Disability

    The Independent Education Union of Australia expresses its resounding support for recommendations regarding improved accommodation of students with a disability, contained in the recently published Review of the Australian Curriculum.

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