About Us

If you work within the non-government education sector, we are your union.

The Independent Education Union of Australia WA Branch (IEUA WA Branch) represents the interests of employees in Catholic and Independent Schools, English Language Colleges and Registered Training Organisations across Western Australia.

With almost 5000 members in 400 educational sites across Western Australia, the IEUA WA Branch provides industrial assistance, access to in-house and external professional learning resources and a strong voice within the sector.

Whether you’re full time or part time, experienced or a student teacher, there’s a membership option for you.

Honesty
We are honest and transparent with members and associates, in our dealings and in the provision of information. We expect the same in return.

Integrity
We do the right thing in a reliable and consistent way. Our members’ advancement is at the forefront of everything we do.

Social Justice
We are committed to a fair and just society in which all citizens are treated impartially and equitably. We actively work to ensure that workplaces are free of bullying, harassment or victimisation.

Respect
We respect the right of members and associates to express their opinions and have those opinions listened to. We acknowledge that we may not always agree.

Collectivism
We believe in collective action as a means of ensuring the advancement of members: professionally, economically and within their workplace.

With the support of our delegates and members, we will:

  • grow our Union, in numbers and influence;
  • target improved results from collective bargaining;
  • dramatically increase the number, spread and influence of workplace delegates;
  • dedicate our time and effort to issues important to our members;
  • improve engagement by communicating more effectively with members;
  • change the rules that are broken and work together with members across the movement;
  • We are all one Union family.

With the firm objective of influencing WA Labor’s education policy in this State, the Independent Education Union of Australia WA Branch (IEUA WA Branch) has made the decision to affiliate with Labor.

We believe this decision will place the members of the IEUA WA Branch in a strong position to contribute to the educational direction of WA.

WA Labor will benefit from the experience of the IEUA WA Branch’s members – teachers, administrative staff, technicians, education assistants – ordinary working people – from 334 non-government schools in WA.

As the first IEU branch in Australia to affiliate with Labor – and the only education-specific union to do so, members will benefit from being able to put their views directly to the Labor State – and Federal – governments.

  • IEUA WA Branch members believe that every student in every school, government or non-government, has the right to high quality education: so does WA Labor.
  • IEUA WA Branch members believe their influence will raise the profile of the teaching profession.
  • IEUA WA Branch members want to contribute their knowledge and skills to further develop a stronger Western Australia.

Being a member of a union has greater implications than working for oneself, or one’s workplace, to gain benefits for yourselves.

Being “union” also means extending the idea of fairness and solidarity to the community.

As a union member, you are part of a larger union family.

At the IEUA WA Branch, we support many external organisations that share our union values as well as invest in developing our own initiatives that give back to the community.

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 teachers, principals and ancillary staff in faith based, community and independent schools and early childhood education and care centres, and post secondary centres across Australia.

The Independent Education Union of Australia is structured in a way to ensure that the industrial and professional needs of members are best served. There are state branches, generally reflecting the state and territory boundaries – these are:

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 meets regularly 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.