The Australian Workers’ Union is the nation’s oldest and most influential trade union representing 80,000 working Australians. We are also Australia's most diverse union, representing workers across manufacturing, steel, aluminium, glass, oil & gas, aviation, agriculture, construction, state public services, local government, health, food, resources, aquaculture, events, and more.

Getting the best outcome for our members is at the heart of what we do.


$140,000 p.a. plus superannuation and other generous conditions.

About the Role

We have an exciting opportunity in our legal team for a Senior National Legal Officer.  We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with a strong work ethic who is able to function within a team in a fast-moving and dynamic legal, business and political environment but also capable of making decisions and working autonomously as required.

The Senior National Legal Officer position is based in our National Office (Granville NSW) and includes the following work:

  • advocacy before industrial tribunals and courts e.g. Fair Work Commission;
  • drafting legal and policy submissions;
  • substantial involvement in the 4 yearly award review process;
  • assisting with industrial cases of national significance;
  • assisting with enterprise bargaining on a national level;
  • Union rules matter;
  • internal governance and compliance advice;
  • presenting legal information to State Branches;
  • assisting with strategic advice around workplace relations issues; and
  • mentoring junior legal officers.

About You (key criteria)

To be successful in the role, you must possess the following essential attributes:

  • a Law degree and a NSW Legal Practicing Certificate;
  • at  least three years' experience in industrial law with significant IR responsibilities;
  • superior advocacy skills;
  • the ability to analyse, interpret and translate detailed - regulations, legislation, awards, enterprise agreements, common law contracts and other industrial instruments into ‘plain English’;
  • the ability to provide clear and concise advice on workplace relations issues to a high standard in a fast-paced environment;
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills; and
  • the ability to liaise and build relationships with the Union’s internal and external stakeholders.

Applicants should provide a copy of their curriculum vitae and a covering letter addressing the key criteria above.  Please send your completed application by COB 9 March 2018 addressed to Daniel Walton via email at

Please note only suitable applicants will be contacted for initial interview.

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