ORGANISING AND REPRESENTING OUR MEMBERS
There are approximately 200 officers, organisers and administrative support staff employed across the federal union and its state offices to ensure that the industrial and professional interests of its members are protected and advanced.
They have a deep knowledge and understanding of the work of teachers and education support staff, of the culture and climate of the school context, of the complexity of the teaching and learning process and of the complex and dynamic nature of the relationships which exist at all levels with a school – between teachers, students, parents, the school’s leadership and employing authority and with the broader community.
This ensures the IEUA has substantial authority and expertise in its roles of industrial and professional representation, dispute resolution, award and agreement negotiation, policy research and development and lobbying.
Some branches have been able to commit resources to the establishment of union offices or focused technology strategies in regional communities (Townsville, Toowoomba Sunshine Coast, Parramatta, Canberra, Lismore, Ballarat/Bendigo, Devonport) in order to provide better servicing and organising of schools and greater accessibility to the IEUA for members.
For specific information about how the union supports your work and about the services it can offer, contact the IEUA Office in your State or Territory.
STRUCTURE OF THE UNION
The Independent Education Union of Australia is structured in a way to ensure that the industrial and professional needs of our members are best served. There are five branches, generally reflecting the state and territory boundaries – these are QLD/NT, NSW/ACT, VIC/ TAS, SA and WA. To gain a better insight into structure of these branches, refer to the IEU branch websites.
The Independent Education Union of Australia has a Federal Council and Federal Executive, elected every 3 years in accord with the Rules of the organisation.
The Federal Council is the supreme governing body of the Union and in accordance with the Rules, meets at least once per year.
The Federal Executive meetsregularly during the year and subject to decisions of the Federal Council, exercises all of the functions and powers of the Federal Council other than those set out in the organisation’s Rules.