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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.

There is currently one vacancy.


The union has a 12-month vacancy for a Journalist to work one day per week (.2 FTE) preferably on a Wednesday or Thursday, in our Melbourne office. The journalist works as part of a team responsible for implementing membership and campaign-related communications to recruit, educate, activate and mobilise members.  

The successful candidate will be a positive, collaborative team player with high-level written and verbal communication skills and an excellent eye for detail. They will have a commitment to public education and the ability to develop contacts, build strong relationships and apply union values and priorities to all aspects of communications.

Remuneration: The annual full time salary for this position is $99,929 plus superannuation, depending on skills and experience.  
Enquiries: Questions about this vacancy can be directed to Seth Unmack on 03 9417 2822.
Applications: Send to Jenny Evans, HR and Organisational Development Manager, AEU Victorian Branch, by email, by 12 midday, Wednesday 13 March 2019

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


  • Relevant tertiary qualifications, or equivalent work experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to repurpose content (text and images) creatively across multiple platforms, to maximise engagement and activism.
  • Basic photography and video production skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to source and research stories, with original angles that align with the union’s values, priorities  and campaigns.
  • High-level attention to detail, including factual accuracy and correct use of grammar.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public education, activism and social justice.
  • Awareness of the political and policy issues impacting on public education, as well as AEU’s priorities and campaigns.
  • Ability to show initiative and to work both independently and cooperatively within a small team environment and across an organisation.
  • Excellent time-management skills, including the ability to prioritise and meet deadlines.
  • Experience learning and using CMS. 
  • Ability to respond to feedback positively and follow a specified style guide.


  • Minimum three years’ experience in print and/or online writing and editing, including ability to write to word limits.
  • Experience with page layout and design.
  • Background in trade unionism, public education or activism.