If You Work With Students, We Work With You

School Assistants are sometimes unsure about eligibility to join the AEU. There's a simple rule of thumb: if you work with students, we work with you.


As a School Assistant, you are eligible to join the Australian Education Union if you:

• Work in a classroom

• Are a Learning SupportAssistant (LSA), Preschool Assistant, Youth Support Worker, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Officer/Worker, Library Assistant, Lab Assistant, Defence School Mentors &Transition Aide, Home Science Assistant, Technology Assistant, General School Assistant, Vision Support Assistant, Bilingual Assistant, Communication Support Assistant or ICT Assistant

• Work in an Administrative Role (Front Office School Assistant/Finance) but your substantive position is in the classroom

• Work in an Administrative Role but also work in the classroom

Who we do not cover:

• Front office staff whose positions are 100% administrative and who do not spend any time in a classroom.

• Business Managers

Business managers and front office staff can join the CPSU.

If you have any questions about your eligibility to join the AEU, please contact our School Assistants organiser, Theresa Tonna, on 62727900 or

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