National Support Staff Week 
13-17 May 2019

A week to celebrate the work of your support staff!

National Support Staff Week is a week to celebrate and acknowledge the diverse work of ECW, SSO and AEW members and how they contribute to the ongoing success of our education communities. 

The annual event was previously held in August, but was recently rescheduled to May to align with international celebrations. International Education Support Personnel Day is on Thursday 16 May 2019, which would be a great day to plan celebrations at your site.

You can acknowledge and celebrate support staff in your schools and preschools by:

  • Displaying our National Support Staff Week 2019 poster/flyer at your site.

  • Holding a morning tea or special lunch to express your gratitude for your SSOs, ECWs and AEWs.

  • Presenting our National Support Staff Week 2019 Certificate of Appreciation to your support staff or download our generic CoA for those who have missed the dates.

  • Making National Support Staff Week 2019 part of your sub-branch or work group meeting agenda.

We believe Support Staff are integral to quality public education so they deserve secure work and a living wage.

Did you know that in South Australia:

  • 81% of Early Childhood Workers are on insecure contracts

  • 56% of School Services Officers are on insecure contracts

  • 48% of Aboriginal Education Workers are on insecure contracts.

We need your help to highlight the insecure working conditions of our support staff.


  1. Encourage SSOs, AEWs and ECWs at your site to take part in our campaign to publicise their conditions.
  2. Stand up and be counted during National Support Staff Week 2019 by using our A3 selfie posters  and take a selfie.
  3. Send your selfies to us at

Important Information on Conversion to Permanency and Underemployment

Are you seeking conversion to permanency at your site?
Click on the link below which applies to you and download the file which includes details of your eligibility criteria.
For SSOs
For ECWs
For AEWs

For further assistance contact our Information Unit on: 8172 6300.

We are gathering information that will assists us in negotiating for improved conditions for SSOs, ECWs and AEWs.

We need your help. Please complete the survey and share with your colleagues. The survey is open to all SSOs, ECWs and AEWs.