Research and Campaigns Officer (Migrant Communities) 12 months Fixed Term - Unions NSW

Unions NSW is the peak council of trade unions in NSW representing over 600,000 members and 60 affiliated unions and trades and labor councils and is part of the broader trade union movement.

Unions NSW is seeking to employ a part-time Research and Campaigns Officer for 12 months to as part of the Unions NSW Industrial Team to work with migrant communities and workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to improve and enforce workplace rights. The role will combine research work and political advocacy with community and union organising.

Job Role 

The Research and Campaigns Officer is a part-time (3 days per week) research and activist role and will to work with Unions NSW Industrial Team to implement various industrial and community campaigns and to resource and develop a union presence in migrant communities and with workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to improve and enforce workplace rights.

Main Responsibilities

  • The Research and Campaign Officer will work with Unions NSW Industrial Team to:
  • Work as directed on projects to identify, educate and empower workers from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, particularly temporary migrant workers;
  • Work with community organisations and affiliated unions to build activist networks;
  • Assist in the preparation of policy positions, research reports and submissions to Government inquiries including the collation of worker stories; and
  • Assisting in the preparation of materials for external stakeholders including elected representatives.
  • Participate in structured training and development opportunities as directed.
  • Travel as required to work with affiliates and partner organisations in NSW.
  • Assisting with other activities as directed by the Secretary.

Essential criteria

  1. Demonstrated commitment to the principles of the trade union movement.

Demonstrated ability to conduct thorough research.

  • Participation in union, political and/or community campaigns
  • Experience working or volunteering with migrant communities and workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Understanding of industrial relations systems and legislation at a NSW and federal level.
  • Bi-lingual or Multi-lingual
  • High-level written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision to complete allocated tasks.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a high-volume workload, multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to be able to work in a collaborative team environment.
  • Demonstrated skills and proficiency with relevant office computer programs.


  1. Drivers licence.

Pay and Conditions of Employment

  • Salary: Unions NSW Trainee Grade 1 - $59,316.22 (pro-rata).
  • Personal Leave: 10 days per annum (accumulative) (pro-rata).
  • Annual Leave: 5 week’s annual leave with 17.5% leave loading (pro-rata).
  • Long Service Leave: 2 months after 10 years’ service(pro-rata).
  • Superannuation: 9.5% employer contributions and 11.5% for female employees.

Hours of Work:  21 hours per week plus reasonable overtime.


Unions NSW encourages applications from people who will enhance our diversity of people, cultural experiences and perspectives.

To apply for this role:

  1. Please submit a CV (of no more than 3 pages) and a separate Cover Letter addressing the Essential Criteria.
  2. Submit an example of your writing. Examples include any writing piece that highlights your writing style and includes essays or assignments.
  3. Send copies of your CV, writing sample and Cover Letter to Ms. Amy Patrk via email: apatrk@unionsnsw.org.au by no later than 5 pm Tuesday 25th September 2018

For inquiries contact Unions NSW Director People and Culture, Amy Patrk (02) 9881 5999 or via email apatrk@unionsnsw.org.au





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Closing Date

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Closing Time

05:00 PM

Contact Name

Amy Patrk

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