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The United Workers Union is seeking a highly motivated Industrial Officer to lead our South Australian industrial team.


United Workers’ Union is a powerful member-led union whose sole purpose is to serve the collective interests of members in workplaces and communities by winning significant and long-lasting gains.

The Union is driving change by growing union membership, developing leadership amongst our members, encouraging active member participation in the union, building and enforcing standards in our sectors, and campaigning both politically and in the community.

As a union with a proudly diverse membership, we are committed to equity and inclusion; and continuing to build a union that is truly representative of the workers we cover. We strive to ensure that every member’s voice can be heard and create opportunities for participation from members with diverse backgrounds in all activities/functions of the Union. We encourage applications from people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds and people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

The United Workers Union is proudly affiliated with the Australian Labor Party.


  • Manage a caseload which includes resolving workplace issues by providing industrial advice to members and advocacy with employers and before industrial tribunals to ensure that members’ entitlements are being enforced;
  • Lead a team of Industrial Officers to resolve individual and collective issues effectively;
  • Work with the Industrial Coordinator to supervise, manage and allocate workload within the team;
  • Ensure the work of the team assists to retain union members, encourage new members to join, and increase member participation in their union;
  • Maintain and develop the industrial knowledge and standards within the team;
  • Other duties associated with ensuring a high standard is maintained to provide assistance to Union members;
  • Ensure that the Union’s values of equity, diversity and inclusion are upheld and promoted.





The Lead Industrial Officer demonstrates:

  • Passion and drive to improve workers’ lives and help grow the union movement
  • Ability in managing expectations around dispute resolution;
  • Ability in using legislation, awards and agreements to enforce member’s rights and entitlements;
  • A solid knowledge and understanding of the Australian industrial relations environment;
  • Significant experience in advocacy, preferably through the Fair Work Commission or relevant Courts;
  • Experience in managing a team;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

To perform this job, you will also be required to have or obtain and maintain:

  • A valid driver’s licence; and
  • Right of Entry Permits


An attractive remuneration package will be offered to the successful applicant, which will include:

  • Salary commensurate with demonstrated skills and experience;
  • A motor vehicle or motor vehicle allowance;
  • 16% superannuation
  • 6 weeks annual leave plus 25% leave loading

Applications close: 9am (AEDT) Monday 1st February 2021

For further information about the role, please email [email protected]


Please submit your resume, together with a cover letter addressing the selection criteria to Julie Korlevska, Deputy Director (People, Culture and Change) to [email protected]