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International Women’s Day 8 March 2020


GENERATION EQUALITY  On International Women’s Day, IEU members are called to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, and campaign for Gender Equality.  International Women’s Day is time to reflect on progress, to call for change and to celebrate the courage and determination of the women who changed history, and those who will advance gender equality into the future. However, International Women’s Day is not simply an occasion to review how far women have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development. It is also an opportunity to unite, network and mobilise for meaningful change.  Generation Equality is a call to action to [...]

International Women’s Day 8 March 20202020-03-03T14:15:29+10:00

Religious Discrimination Bill 2019


IEUA Statement Religious Discrimination Bill 2019 5 September 2019 The Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA) expresses its serious concerns with the federal government’s draft Religious Discrimination Bill. The IEUA is disappointed at the continuing practice of governments to polarize, disenfranchise and make a ‘whipping post’ of the rights of our members who work in faith-based education. Yet again proposed legislation completely exempts religious schools from allowing their employees the same rights that all other Australians enjoy. Here it is not the freedom to love and marry who they wish but the freedom of religion and belief itself. Religious schools don’t [...]

Religious Discrimination Bill 20192019-09-10T10:04:36+10:00

Vale Barry McFarlane


Vale Barry McFarlane A dedicated teacher, a committed unionist. Barry’s commitment to his profession was underpinned by the inseparable connection between the professional and industrial arms of the profession. Barry recognised and spent a lifetime pursuing the importance of a profession that is respected and resourced to undertake its critical work for the students and therefore the broader community. Barry was a well-loved, highly respected and tremendously regarded teacher, having been the recipient of significant teaching awards. In many respects he was a legendary figure of The Friends School in Hobart. Barry was committed to improving and supporting the working-life of [...]

Vale Barry McFarlane2019-06-12T11:59:05+10:00

Fiji Police Attack Union Members on May Day


Fiji Police Attack Union Members on May Day The IEUA stands in solidarity with FTU and FTA members and all other union members in Fiji as they face a further attack on their human rights, their working rights and their rights to union association. Background On International May Day, union members rallied outside the Water Authority Depot, in support of sacked water department workers. Police arrived to inform the group that they could not gather without a permit. Consequently the protest group moved to the Fiji Trade Union Congress grounds and were joined by other union members. Police then entered onto [...]

Fiji Police Attack Union Members on May Day2019-05-08T10:57:18+10:00



INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY : MORE POWERFUL TOGETHER On International Women’s Day, IEU members call upon employers and governments to take proactive steps to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.   Everyone deserves to be safe at work and in their community. Yet the rates of sexual harassment in Australia are alarming, particularly for women, with 85% having experienced it in their lifetime. Sexual harassment is about more than just individual behaviour. It is a problem that is deeply entrenched within our society and occurs because gender inequality is ingrained in our social and cultural norms, structures and practices. Sexual harassment causes [...]


Time’s Up : Urgent Action Needed To End Sexual Harassment At Work – Sexual Harassment is a workplace issue.


Rates Of Sexual Harassment In Australia Are Alarming Everyone deserves to be safe at work and in their community, yet the current rates of sexual harassment in the workplace are alarming. According to a recent ACTU survey of nearly 10 000 people, two in three women and one in three men have been subjected to one or more forms of sexual harassment. The survey identified that of 9 607 respondents: 69% had experienced crude or offensive behaviour. 48% experienced unwanted sexual attention. 35% experienced inappropriate touching. 18% received explicit texts, emails or messages on social media. 8% experienced sexual coercion.In addition [...]

Time’s Up : Urgent Action Needed To End Sexual Harassment At Work – Sexual Harassment is a workplace issue.2019-05-08T10:43:23+10:00



The Independent Education Union of Australia, representing over 75,000 members in non-government education, including early childhood education, faith based and community based schools, and post-secondTHary private education, calls upon all federal political parties to commit to the following matters ahead of the next federal election The Ask

The IEU2019-04-23T10:29:59+10:00

For Member Inquiries; Contact your IEU Branch office in your State


For IEU Member inquiries regarding workplace matters or membership status, please contact your IEU Branch Office in your State as listed below; New South Wales & CanberraIEU NSW/ACT485-501 Wattle StUltimo Sydney NSW 2007 Phone: (02) 8202 8900  Email: ieu@ieu.asn.auWebpage: Victoria & Tasmania IEU VIC TAS120 Clarendon StreetSouth Melbourne VIC 3205 Phone: (03) 9254 1860  Email: Queensland & Northern TerritoryIEUA - QNT346 Turbot Street, Spring Hill Brisbane QLD 4000 Phone: (07) 3839 7020  Email: enquiries@qieu.asn.auWebpage: South AustraliaIEU SA213-215 Currie Street Adelaide SA 5000 Phone: (08) 8410 0122  Email: Western AustraliaIEU WASuite 20/ 63 Knutsford Ave,Rivervale WA [...]

For Member Inquiries; Contact your IEU Branch office in your State2019-04-23T10:30:07+10:00

Time To Overhaul Discrimination Exemptions


The Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA) opposes discrimination based on a person’s sexuality.  The IEUA believes that current exemptions should be removed and that practices in faith-based schools, and indeed in any endeavour conducted for the public by faith-based organisations, should reflect community standards and expectations.  The IEUA does not accept that the faith-based school communities in Australia are so fragile that they require exemptions from discrimination laws.  The IEUA notes that several jurisdictions do not have these exemptions, for either staff or students, and in these States, faith-based schools have flourished and enrolments continue to grow.  Not having the [...]

Time To Overhaul Discrimination Exemptions2019-04-23T10:30:24+10:00

School Funding. How The Fix Fails


  Whilst the recalibration of non-government schools against what appears on paper to be a more robust and sensible measure of need, the 'deal' highlights what remains wrong and unresolved in school funding. The deal only settles the question of non-government funding going forward relative to their current position, their capacity and transitioning to the new measure. What the deal fails to address are the following: Immediate funding of the full 'cost' of education (know as the Student Resourcing Standard or SRS) for every government school student, as committed to by this Federal Government prior to the 2013 election Consequent immediate [...]

School Funding. How The Fix Fails2019-04-23T10:30:34+10:00