Area Organiser: Organising and Campaigning


Work Type:                 Fulltime

Applications close:     11 May 2015 (COB)

Location:                     Melbourne

Position Objective:     This position will provide leadership to delegates and members with a focus on organising and campaigning in a defined geographical area in accordance with the HACSU Strategic Plan 2014-2018 and the Union’s Rules.

Organisational Context of the Position

Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) is the Victorian No.2 Branch of the Health Services Union. HACSU is seeking a full time Area Organiser:  Organising and Campaigning to work in the Union’s Melbourne office.

HACSU is an industry based Union representing Mental Health Nurses, Health Professionals, Alcohol and other Drug, Workers, and Disability Support Workers, and other Direct Care and Support Staff in Victorian Mental health and Disability Services.

The priority of the Union is to grow the strength and the power of HACSU by advocating for and protecting the professional and industrial interests of all members.

This position will provide leadership to delegates and members with a focus on organising and campaigning in a defined geographical area in accordance with the HACSU Strategic Plan 2014-2018 and the Union’s Rules.

At times the activities needed to fulfil our Strategic Industry and Operational objectives may change, and others may take on an additional or different emphasis.


HACSU provides an attractive salary and conditions, commensurate with demonstrated skills and experience.


  • Develop and implement workplace organising and campaign plans consistent with the Strategic Plan / Industry Objectives.

  • Develop, maintain, organise and strengthen existing membership levels and Sub-branch/Delegate structures.

  • Promote, plan, prepare, deliver and review learning and training plans and some associated training sessions to delegates and sub-branches in conjunction with the Lead of Organising and Campaigns.

  • Identify potential new membership and growth areas and organise new Sub-branch/Delegate structures in nominated workplaces consistent with the Strategic Plan / Industry Objectives.

  • Organise personal work priorities to maximize member and delegate contact and utilize as a skills development and education opportunity.

  • Provide timely and quality industrial, organising and campaigning advice and support to the membership, including the production of newsletters and fact sheets.

  • Provide advocacy, negotiation and representation in the workplace or at conciliation conferences in Fair Work Australia on matters of pay and conditions, workers compensation, occupational health and safety, redundancy, termination, conflict resolution, serious misconduct dismissal and separation.

  • Coordinate case preparation and research within a legislative and policy framework, formulate strategies, advise on the validity and credibility of cases and advocate and present cases for members both individual and collective.

  • Maintain accurate membership records including contact notes on the database.

  • Effectively and appropriately use of workplace information systems, including filing, internet, email and electronic calendar.

  • Contribute to the strategic development and implementation of campaign priorities consistent with the HACSU Strategic Plan / Industry Objectives.

  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of effective team relations within HACSU, including liaison with the Leadership Team, within the Industrial and Compliance Team and the Organising and Campaigning Team.

  • Participate in professional support and development ensuring currency of knowledge and skills relevant to the role.

  • Promote equality of opportunity and fair treatment for all members through promoting involvement of diverse groups, elimination of discrimination and implementation of Union policies to take account of diversity.

  • Attend meetings, participate in the annual Delegates Conference and represent HACSU in delegations to other forums and settings such as (but not limited to) Victorian Trades Hall Council and Industry policy forums.

  • Participate and represent the union on central and local forums and committees.

 Key Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated leadership qualities, reflective of the Union environment promoting the values and principles of unionism.

  • Commitment to the underlying principles of the union movement, social justice, community development and equity.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and resolve issues arising from a demanding workload, high levels of expectation and competing priorities in the workplace.

  • Proven ability to positively contribute to change and innovation.

  • Proven ability to develop and implement workplace organising and campaigning plans.

  • Demonstrated communication, analytical, problem solving and dispute resolution skills.

  • Well-developed advocacy skills.

  • Knowledge and understanding of current industrial legislation and policies, including Fair Work Australia and of other legislation as they pertain to Industrial Relations.

  • Demonstrated decision-making and time management skills.

  • Excellent presentation, public speaking and interpersonal skills.

How to apply for this job:

To be considered for employment all applicants are to submit a current curriculum vitae demonstrating their professional experience and respond to all key selection criteria available in the Position Description.

Please call 03 9340 4100 and request a full position description. 

Application should be emailed to Mr Paul Healey – paulh@hacsu.asn.au using the subject line: Area Organiser:  Organising and Campaigning or fax to 03 9650 8122 or mailed to HACSU PO Box 206 Carlton South 3053 by 11 May 2015 COB.

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Health and Community Services Union (HACSU)

Closing Date

Monday, May 11, 2015

Closing Time

05:00 PM


7 grattan St
carlton, vic 3053

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Contact Name

corinne ioannou

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