Catholic Lockout? Please sign this petition

Further to the media release below, the IEUA-QNT is requesting member support from all state branch members by clicking here and signing this petition. The petition will be forwarded to the Queensland IEU branch for presentation to the employer.


The following gives some background about this urgent action.


MEDIA RELEASE from our Queensland and Northern Territory Branch:

QLD Catholic school employers become first in Australia to threaten lockout of staff

7000 teachers and support staff would be locked out creating chaos for Catholic schools across Queensland

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AEC Post-Election Report

Download the AEC Post-Election Report here

Includes the results of the recent IEU elections.

According to Section 198 of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (“the Act”) and the regulations an organisation must make the Post-Election Report and the organisation’s response to the report (if applicable) available to members.

Further, Regulation 141(4) of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Regulations 2009 requires an organisation or branch to publish a notice on its website advising members that a copy of the Post-Election Report is available upon request.

However the full report is available through the above link.

IEU Secretariat Report 2019

Download a PDF version here



On 18 May 2019, the Liberal National Party Coalition Government led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, was returned with a one seat majority.

While strong campaigning by ACTU unions to ‘Change the Rules’ ensured that education, health, job security and living wages were kept in the voters’ focus during the election, it did not provide for a change of government. 

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IEUA Statement – Religious Discrimination Bill 2019

5th 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 need this Bill.

The IEUA believes that the vast majority of
employers in faith- based schools have no difficulty in employing staff of
other faiths and in fact are not threatened by their staff or students
expressing diverse views.

The IEUA has and will continue to lobby
governments and politicians to remove the unreasonable and harmful exemptions
from discrimination law enjoyed by employers in our industry.

As the IEUA has made abundantly clear in
our recent submissions and appearances before Senate inquiries, we believe that
these exemptions are not required by employers. 
Current contractual law obligations and legislation more than adequately
provide for employers to manage their workforces consistent with their beliefs.

The IEUA will call upon the Parliament of
Australia to reject this current Bill as it not only fails to improve the
current undermining of rights of our members but is an untidy and problematic
drafting of legislation that will cause further confusion.

The IEUA will continue to carefully examine
the Bill, seek expert advice and engage with stakeholders to ensure that IEUA
members’ interests are paramount.

Chris Watt

Federal Secretary

IEU Speaks: No Progress on Gender Pay Gap

Wednesday 28 August 2019 is Gender Pay Day.

This date illustrates the 59 additional days from the end of the previous financial year that women must work in order to earn the same amount as men earn in twelve months.

Gender Pay Day is an important reminder of the continuing barriers women face in accessing the same opportunities and benefits as men in Australian workplaces.

WA is the “winner” of this dubious honour – again
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