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The Australian Education Union represents and advocates for teachers, principals and education support staff working in public education in schools, early childhood, TAFE and adult education.

If you have a passion for public education, social justice and the union movement, then consider a career with the AEU.

The AEU currently has one vacancy, please see below.

Industrial Officer

The union is currently expanding its legal and industrial workgroup.

The union has a full-time (1.0 FTE) permanent vacancy for an Industrial Officer in our Melbourne office. The position is flexible and part-time options are available for the right candidate. 

The Industrial Officer will work with other industrial officers, the union’s leadership and staff to advance and protect members’ interests in State and Commonwealth courts, industrial tribunals and similar forum. 

A current practising certificate is highly desirable.

Remuneration: The full-time annual salary for this position is in the range $117,286 to $134,357 depending on skills and experience, plus 16.5% superannuation. Generous leave entitlements include 6 weeks annual leave and 10 days time off in lieu per year. 

Enquiries: Questions about this vacancy can be directed to Erin Aulich, Branch Secretary, on [email protected].

Applications: Send to Jenny Evans, HR and Organisational Development Manager, AEU Victorian Branch, by email to [email protected] by midday 22 July 2020.

Position description download here 

Applications will not be considered unless they address the following selection criteria


  • Demonstrated commitment to unionism.
  • An understanding of and commitment to public education.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in advocacy and conducting industrial and employment litigation.
  • Capacity to contribute to strategic industrial policy development in the education industry.
  • Detailed knowledge of the Fair Work Act 2009 and employment law, the operations of the Fair Work Commission, and the industrial jurisdiction of relevant courts.
  • Experience in enterprise bargaining, particularly in the public sector and in drafting enterprise agreements.
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications, preferably legal or industrial relations qualifications.
  • Understanding of gender and employment issues as they apply to a union in which the majority of members are women.
  • High level computer skills and knowledge including use of Word and Excel.

Highly desirable

  • Holds an unrestricted practising certificate.
  • Litigation experience in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in handling and resolving members’ workers compensation cases.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar position.