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As a member of the Independent Education Union Victoria Tasmania, you are part of a great and growing union of over 20,000 members.
As well as providing you with support and advice at work, the IEU uses the collective buying power of our membership to help you save money on the home front.
IEU membership includes access to legal advice, discounted shopping, financial advice and health insurance.
Your union membership card is also your ticket to the lifestyle savings offered by Member Advantage. This program offers savings across everyday shopping, entertainment and travel, access through the Member Advantage website. For more details, see the Member Advantage section.
Click on the headings below to see more information about the available membership benefits.
Representation and Support at Work
Member' conditions are protected through industrial agreements negotiated by the IEU, and by active representation of members' issues. Wages, improved career structures, paid parental leave, long service leave, and improved redundancy payments are just some of our achievements.
Information and Support
Union members are entitled to support and representation whenever an issue arises at work. The provision of information and advice to members is one of the IEU's key functions. Each school day, from 8.30am to 5.00pm (4.30 on Friday), the switchboard is open and a Duty Officer is available to answer queries. IEU members can also access top quality industrial advice through our in-house industrial team.
Call the IEU Office on 03) 9254 1860 or FreeCall 1800 622 889 to speak to one of our team.
The IEU provides advice and support to members who have been injured at work, whether physical injury or stress-related. Expert advice is available in relation to WorkCover (in Victoria) and Workers' Compensation (in Tasmania), including lodging claims, support with conciliation and preparing your return to work. Lump sum claims for permanent injury and negligence cases are also referred to the union's solicitors.
Legal insurance and professional indemnity
When you join the IEU, you are automatically covered by our professional indemnity and legal liability policy. This provides up to $10,000,000 legal protection for you against any claim of negligence related to your employment in the non-government education sector.
Additionally, all Tasmanian members are covered for death/permanent disability for $50,000. For more information or to make a claim, contact the IEU.
In addition to industrial and professional advice provided by IEU Victoria Tasmania, IEU members can access quality non-work related legal advice through the union’s partner law firms in Victoria and Tasmania, including a free will and first consultation on other non-work matters. A first consultation is free, but any further costs incurred are borne by the member.
Members must contact the IEU for a referral on 03) 9254 1860 of FreeCall 1800 622 889.
IEU Training & Professional Development
The IEU provides members with innovative and contemporary training opportunities.
Our courses, seminars and conferences are tailored to the diverse needs of members including IEU reps, teachers, support staff, leadership and occupational health and safety reps.
For a copy of the current training booklet, please contact the IEU Office by email or 03) 9254 1860 or FreeCall 1800 622 889.
Teacher Learning Network
The Teacher Learning Network (TLN) is a professional development and curriculum support network that provides professional development for teachers and education support staff in Catholic, government and independent schools.
Supported by the IEU and the Australian Education Union (Victoria), TLN is committed to building professional skills and expertise in the education sector.
If you work in a TLN member school, you are entitled to generous discounts for professional development programs and access to professional networks.
You can become a member of the TLN by visiting their website www.tln.org.au or by calling 03) 9418 4992.
As a member of the IEU, you have access to a range of simple, transparent banking products from ME Bank. Owned by Australia's leading Super Funds, ME was created to provide members with low-cost banking.
For more visit www.mebank.com.au or call 13 15 63
Formerly Victoria Teachers Mutual Bank, Bank First is a bank that’s owned by its customers, founded on values and exists to support people who put others first.
Their focus has been on providing a better value banking experience for its customers since 1972. With strong links to the community, they are proud to support education through events, sponsorships, grants and professional development support.
All IEU members are welcome to take advantage of the wide range of services available.
To find out more call 1300 654 822 or visit bankfirst.com.au
As an IEU member you have access to a variety of services designed to lower your family health-care costs.
We’re for teachers
Teachers Health was established in 1954 to provide teachers, support staff and their family members with access to quality health insurance products. Today, we are Australia’s largest industry-based health fund, with more than 60 years of experience and covering over 300,000 lives nationwide.
Teachers Health gives members access to:
- a not-for-profit health fund
- great value health insurance
- a range of quality products and services
- generous benefits
- fast, efficient claiming options
- an easy switching process
Teachers Health also provides more than simply health insurance to members – we are committed to supporting our members’ health and wellbeing through additional services. Teachers Health owns and operates Health Centres offering optical, dental, physio, chiro and remedial massage services (not available at all centres) in Sydney (Surry Hills and Parramatta), Newcastle (Hamilton) and Melbourne (Richmond) and gives members access to travel and general insurance.
We understand that navigating healthcare services and providers can be daunting so we also offer eligible members quality, evidence-based health management programs and services, including access to health professionals such as registered nurses, a diabetes educator, dietitian and exercise physiologist. These programs and services are brought to members at no extra cost.
As a not-for-profit health fund, we also give back to the education community through sponsorships, scholarships and health and wellbeing programs.
Am I eligible to join?
As a restricted health fund, you must meet eligibility criteria to join Teachers Health. Eligible members are also able to refer family members, including:
- spouse or partner
- former spouse or partner
- dependent children
- adult children
For more information on eligibility, visit teachershealth.com.au
Already with another health fund?
Switching to Teachers Health couldn't be easier and if you’re already with another private health insurer then you won’t have to re-serve your waiting periods if you are transferring to an equivalent level of cover~.
We also offer a free online comparison service, providing you a personalised comparison of the cost and benefits of products. See how we compare at teachershealth.com.au/compare
Want to join?
Joining Teachers Health is fast, easy and hassle free. You can join:
- online at teachershealth.com.au;
- over the phone, by calling 1300 728 188.
For more information visit teachershealth.com.au or call 1300 728 188.
~If you have cancelled your health insurance policy with another health fund, you will need to join Teachers Health within 60 days to make sure you receive continuity of cover.
Dentacare offers members reduced dental fees of up to 40% at participating dentists and specialists throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria, as well as Burnie and Moonah in Tasmania. IEU members pay a special low annual fee of $49 for a single or $69 for a family. On joining, members receive a membership card and immediate access to the network.
To join or for more information, call 1800 810 217