Industrial Officer / Migrant Workers Centre

Date Advertised 24/08/2022

About the Migrant Workers Centre

The Migrant Workers Centre is a not-for-profit organisation that supports workers who were born overseas to realise the collective power of their communities, to win dignity and respect at work and to fight for a fairer society.

The MWC’s activities are organised around three areas of work:

  • Education – helping migrant workers to understand their rights at work by delivering community education that is culturally and linguistically appropriate;
  • Enforcement – assisting migrant workers who are experiencing workplace issues, such as wage theft and discrimination, to enforce their workplace rights and win just outcomes; and
  • Advocacy – working with migrant communities to improve their lives in Australia by conducting research, empowering community leaders and members, and advocating to decision-makers.

About the Role

The Industrial Officer works across all three areas of the Centre’s work as part of a diverse team of staff and volunteers to support the MWC’s case-work program.

The Industrial Officer works mainly to support migrant workers ensure their workplace rights are being enforced by:

  • Conducting assessments of workplace issues from migrant workers requesting assistance from the MWC;
  • Assisting in the collection and preparation of documents relevant to cases;
  • Communicating with workers about their case; and
  • Providing industrial advice, support and representation to individuals.

The Industrial Officer also works collaboratively with migrant communities, unions, service providers, and other organisations and groups to deliver the Centre’s programs, projects, and services.

The position is based in the MWC’s office in Carlton, Victoria with the possibility of some remote working arrangements.

Key Selection Criteria

The MWC recognises diversity as one of its strengths and is committed to the ongoing development of its team members. We encourage people of all backgrounds and ability to apply if you have a passion to work collectively towards a fairer world.

To be successful in the role, you would demonstrate:

  • A passion to see the workplace rights of migrant workers enforced and respected.
  • A good understanding of Australia’s industrial relations legislation and frameworks (including Awards, Superannuation, OHS and Workers’ Compensation).
  • An ability to negotiate and resolve disputes, including representing workers in meetings or at tribunals like the Fair Work Commission.
  • Strong verbal and written English skills, including good attention to detail.

Conversational comprehension of languages other than English and/or previous experience in a similar role are highly desirable but not compulsory.

You will also need to have or obtain a valid driver’s licence, pass a working with children check and have the pre-existing right to work in Australia.

Remuneration and More Information

The role has a starting salary of $88,336 plus 12% superannuation and a monthly RDO.

For more information about the role please see the position description (attached). If you have any questions, you can contact mwc@migrantworkers.org.au

Shortlisting for this role will commence immediately, and interviews may commence prior to the stated closing date.

When applying for the role, please include a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria. Applications without a cover letter, will not be considered.

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