Education & Training

The purpose of the ACTU Organising Centre is to build union power and influence through effective organising and growth. We do this through educating for social change, working with unions on campaigns and building union capacity through internal change.

The education provision of the Centre is aimed at developing the skills and knowledge of organisers, union leaders, delegates and activists.  

The Centre also works with Unions to build comprehensive internal programs in order to strengthen capacity and grow. This work includes the development and implementation of campaigns, systems development and consultancy.

The Organising Centre offers:

  • Courses for delegates and activists that can be delivered for individual unions or as multi union courses;
  • A flagship training program for trainee organisers, called Organising Works, which blends formal training with mentor-supported workplace learning over a nine month period;
  • Short courses for new organisers, experienced organisers and lead organisers aimed at expanding their skills and knowledge of organising and campaigning;
  • Workshops on specific issues such as IR laws, discrimination & harassment;
  • Management training and forums for union leaders and lead organisers;
  • Professional development and network-building for trainers;
  • Consultancy work on organisational change built around developing industry strategies for growth;
  • Placements in individual unions where external assistance would assist change;
  • Assistance with specific union campaigns. 

As a Registered Training Organisation, the Organising Centre also provides accredited training to health and safety specialists, via our Certificate IV in Occupational Health & Safety. The Certificate IV in Unionism and Industrial Relations is delivered via our Organising Works Program, and can also be delivered to unions in partnership with us. 

If you would like further information about the education, consultancy or campaigning services offered by the ACTU Organising Centre, please contact our Melbourne Office.