ACTU Organising Works Program

Organising Works - Training new Organisers in the skills of organising and recruitment.
(Information on this page was last updated 19.12.2014)


Utilising new and innovative approaches to organising, OW assists unions throughout the movement to develop trained and competent organisers, capable of delivering effective and sustained campaigns.  
OW prepares new organisers in the skills of organising and recruitment, covering topics such as:
- knowledge of the workplace relations system and laws;
- bargaining and dispute resolution;
- consultation and communication with workers and employers;
- identifying and resolving issues of concern to workers;
- implementing and monitoring WH&S laws, policies and procedures;
- understanding current economic and policy issues relevant to the workplace.

All participating unions agree to:
a) Provide a supportive environment where most of the participant’s work is focussed on organising, not resolving industrial issues, so the participant may successfully complete course work and assessment;
b) Provide a mentor who has adequate time to be actively involved in on the job training, supervision and assessment; and
c) Develop an organising plan for the participant to identify priority organising targets prior to the participant commencing OW.

Full program details, including Mentor responsibilities are in the Program & Assessment Information available to download below.

2015 Program: OW will commence in NSW (29 Jan) and VIC (3 Feb).
WA is a possibility - we only need 2 more enrolments for the course to commence in Perth. Unions should contact Keryn Anderson asap prior to 30 January on Mobile: 0419 190 218
Timetables for are available to download below.

SA & QLD did not receive sufficient enrolments for 2015. Participants from these states may wish to join NSW, VIC or WA.

Participants:  Participants are new organisers employed by a union. In general, we recommend they have less than 4 years experience as an organiser.  Participants must be nominated by their union.

Delivery & Duration: OW combines formal, structured training sessions conducted by ACTU Organising Centre, with on-the-job experience allowing participants to gain the skills, strategies and knowledge required to work effectively as a union organiser.  
Formal training comprises 12 courses (a total of 41 days) of face to face training over 10 months.
Timetables for each state are available to download below.

Training is nationally accredited and formally assessed via a range of methods, including workplace-based projects, written activities and observation of demonstrated skills.  Participants successfully completing all assessment are awarded the Certificate IV in Unionism & Industrial Relations (BSB41807) qualification, comprising 10 Units of Competency.  
Full details of delivery, competency units and assessment are in the Program & Assessment Information available to download below.

Cost:  $4,550.00 per participant, payable by the union (invoiced after Course 2).  This fee covers:
- All tuition and administration costs: $3300 ($275 per course) GST free.
- Travel, accommodation and meals at the Residential Course: $1,250 GST inclusive.

Full details of the Fees & Refunds Policy are in the Program & Assessment Information available to download below.

Contacts: To discuss the OW 2015 Program, contact:
- QLD:  Chris Doyle. Ph: 07 3846 2468 E: cdoyle@actu.org.au 
- NSW: Alice Salomon. Ph: 02 8268 9713 E: asalomon@actu.org.au 
- VIC: Madeleine Wolf. Ph: 03 9664 7328 E: mwolf@actu.org.au
- WA: Keryn Anderson. Ph: 08 6313 6017 E: kanderson@actu.org.au 
- SA: Jane Clarke. Ph: 08 8279 2230 E: jclarke@actu.org.au
- Margaret Dwyer. RTO Compliance Officer. Ph: 03 9664 7321 E: mdwyer@actu.org.au 

Download program and qualification details, forms and 2015 course timetables below.

2015 Participants & Mentors may access assessment documents here
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