Industrial Officer 20170810

This is a re-advertised vacancy. Previous applicants need not apply

Overview of position

United Voice members work in a wide range of industries across Australia. Significant areas of coverage include cleaning, security, childcare, aged care, education, hospitality, health, and manufacturing.

United Voice is looking for an individual with experience in industrial relations, law or related disciplines to work within the industrial team in the National Office. Our ideally candidate would have between 2 to 5 year experience in providing a union and union members with industrial advice and representation. Due to the complexity and volume of work in our National Office, we are not seeking a recent graduate.

The position sits under the broad direction of the National Industrial Coordinator and the occupant will be expected to work as part of a team and individually to provide high quality, professional and timely advice to assist in the achievement of sound industrial outcomes for members.

 Primarily, the Industrial Officer is responsible for industry and legal research, drafting policy submissions and all aspects of industrial case work. The major piece of work will be assisting United Voice with minimum supervisor progress its involvement in the Fair Work Commission’s 4 yearly review of modern awards.

In conjunction with the National Industrial Co-ordinator, the Industrial Officer will assist with 

  • any industrial matter of concern to the United Voice and its members;
  • award reviews and interpretation;
  • enterprise bargaining;
  • industrial, wages, and legal research; and
  • drafting applications and submissions.

As required, the Industrial Officer may assist United Voice Branches in their industrial and legal casework. The work is interesting and varied. An essential criterion is a demonstrated commitment to United Voice values.


The main duties of the position are to:

  • through the provision of sound industrial and representation support the strategic development of national industry campaigns;
  • undertake industrial and legal research as required in campaign/industrial team plans;
  • monitor and maintain national information systems about bargaining, legislative changes, major decisions and cases impacting on the industrial rights and conditions of United Voice members;
  • assist with the co-ordination of bargaining with national employers, and (where required) contribute to negotiations;
  • monitor, aggregate and analyse the effect of decisions and judgments of the Fair Work Commission and other relevant tribunals and courts;
  • prepare and present cases and submissions for United Voice;
  • provide industrial information and support for staff, delegates and members;
  • provide support to branch industrial and legal officers and organisers and, where necessary, undertake or assist with industrial work for branches;
  • assist with the communication of industrial information to branches and to United Voice members;
  • assist in the preparation of strategic and legal advice to the leadership of United Voice; and
  • speak at and present papers at union and other public forums as required.

Selection Criteria - Required skills, knowledge and abilities

The skills required for the position are:

  • have knowledge of and be competent in the application of the federal legislative environment;
  • a sound knowledge of industrial relations legislation and an understanding of the labour market generally;
  • well-developed research, analytical, problem solving skills and a capacity to contribute to strategic planning;
  • ability to prepare and  advocate a position formally at a tribunal, court, mediation or meeting;
  • strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to develop relationships with government, academic and community research and interest groups; and
  • a demonstrated commitment to United Voice values and trade unionism generally.

Formal qualifications

University level qualifications in law or industrial relations or working towards an appropriate degree are highly desirable for this position.

 Must be able to obtain a Right of Entry Permit. 

 When applying please ensure you include

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Additional document addressing the selection criteria

Completed applications to be sent to: Julie.sprake@unitedvoice.org.au

Closing date:25 August 2017

Salary $99,355

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United Voice

Closing Date

Friday, August 25, 2017

Closing Time

06:00 PM


303 Cleveland St
Redfern, NSW 2016

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Contact Name

Julie Sprake

Contact Email

Contact Phone

8204 3000

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