School Assistants, we’re here for you.

We’re working hard to change the way schools are funded so your job can be secure, just like your colleagues.

More members means more power to change pay and conditions. Join over 200,000 Australian educators and take advantage of:

  • Protection and advice from a team who know your job, the rules and our system
  • Discounts and benefits on insurance, cars, appliances and more
  • Opportunities to come together with like-minded educators with shared goals and issues
  • Exclusive member-only events like the annual Public Education Awards Dinner

Resources for school assistants

School Assistant FAQs

Do you have a question about your work conditions or entitlements? Check out our FAQs.

School Assistant Competency Barrier

School Assistants need to progress through the Competency Barrier to progress up the pay scale. Click here to read more, and then talk to your Principal and Busines Manager.

Secure work conversion policy

Want more job security? Conversion to Permanency will take the uncertainty out of term-to-term contracts and casual work. Contact to find out more.

Member benefits

School assistants enterprise agreement

Your current pay and work conditions.

School assistant log of claims

The pay and work conditions the AEU is bargaining for you.

Join the AEU

Join our community of more than 4,300 ACT educators.

Contact Us

Here’s how you can reach us…

Secure our jobs. Secure our value.

We know how important school assistants are to our schools. That’s why we’re working to secure your jobs and secure your value through improved pay and conditions.

We’re advocating on your behalf for:

  • Better, more secure jobs including conversion to permanency for existing staff
  • A pay rise to keep up with the cost of living
  • Expansion of provisions for family violence leave and mental health first aid allowance
  • Recognition for school assistants who mentor new staff with a mentoring allowance
  • Support for new learning support assistants in their first year of work at ACT Education Directorate sites
  • Flexible access to long service leave, just like teachers
  • Special education allowance at all pay classifications

Want more information? Use this form to contact us with questions or requests for advice.

The latest News for School Assistants

School Assistant Competency Barrier

School Assistants need to progress through the Competency Barrier to progress up the pay scale. Click here to read more, and then talk to you Principal and Busines Manager.

Learning support assistants on fast-track to becoming qualified teachers

Some universities are making it easier for school assistants to transition into teaching.

Introducing the AEU’s school assistant reps

Get to know the AEU’s school assistant organiser Ingrid Bean and Branch Executive representative Jane McInally.

School Assistants can boost a student’s learning by an average of four months

School Assistants can provide a large positive impact on student outcomes, however, how they are deployed is key.

How teaching assistants can give a boost to struggling pupils

Teaching assistants can help children improve literacy and numeracy skills if they work in small groups with specific pupils known to have low attainment levels, new reports indicate.

The lessons school staff think schools need to learn from the pandemic

The impact school closures had on the education, health and wellbeing of pupils and school staff and the challenges that emerged when schools reopened.

AEU ACT School Assistants Network

The School Assistant Network provides our school assistant members with an opportunity to learn more about their rights and conditions at work, discuss collective ways to resolve common issues in the workplace and work together to make change.

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