Industrial Officer – Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)

(This position will commence on 28 April 2020 and conclude on 27 April 2024)

Our Organisation

The State School Teachers’ Union of W.A. (Inc.) (SSTUWA) represents State School Teachers and TAFE Lecturers across W.A. It is one of the largest trade unions in Western Australia with over 16,000 members,to whom it provides a wide range of both industrial and professional services and representation.

The SSTUWA is the public education union of WA. Organisational fit is crucial. The ability to exercise high levels of tact and discretion in a professionally and personally challenging environment, while simultaneously meeting demanding schedules and workloads, is essential.

The SSTUWA Plan 2020 objectives are:

  • Protecting and improving our industrial and professional rights
  • Promoting high quality public education for all
  • Ensuring the current and long term interests of our members are at the centre of everything we do

Key Function

This position will be responsible for managing and progressing occupational safety and health matters affecting SSTUWA members and improving the working conditions for members in public education workplaces.


  • Working in conjunction with Senior Officers and other relevant industrial staff to:
    • Develop and/or implement campaigns at local and regional – relevant to SSTUWA
    • Raise awareness of OSH issues across the membership
    • Ensure compliance with agreements, policies and legislation
    • Seek resolutions to OSH issues with employers
  • Working both directly with members and in collaboration with Industrial Organisers around OSH issues in workplaces
  • Providing advice to the organisation where required on OSH issues
  • Ensuring that the union can provide a leadership role in OSH in the education industry
  • Assisting in and liaising on, OSH matters at a state and national level
  • Engaging in on-going research and policy development in OSH matters affecting SSTUWA members
  • Develop and conduct OSH training for members and non-members
  • Building the capacity of branches to manage OSH at a local level and support elected OSH representatives in their role
  • Statewide travel and occasional interstate travel associated with the role may be required
  • Other duties as directed by the General Secretary


a) Full time (75 hours per fortnight) fixed term contract and will conclude on 28 April 2024
b) Salary level 3.1 ($116,626 pa) with annual salary progression through level 3 of the General Agreement for each year of the four year contract, to a maximum of 4.1A in the sixth and subsequent years of employment, in the event of a subsequent contract being entered into.
c) Conditions as per the Officers of the State School Teachers’ Union of W.A. (Incorporated) Conditions of Employment Agreement 2018
Note: Leave and/or secondment may be available from DoE and other WA Government Departments

Essential Criteria

The successful applicant will demonstrate:

1. An active commitment to trade unions and evidence of engagement in union structures, forums and activities
2. Demonstrated ability to take a leadership role including working collaboratively with other Industrial Officers on matters related to OSH
3. Demonstrated ability to implement multiple projects and plans in accordance with union policy and direction
4. Knowledge of organisation of the WA public education system including TAFE
5. Knowledge of the state and federal occupational safety and health and the current situation that applies in WA
6. A high level of knowledge, skills and strategic thinking in dispute resolution and negotiation
7. A high level of verbal and written communication skills and the ability to provide submissions to government and other bodies
8. Demonstrated ability to develop, coordinate and deliver training relevant to this role
9. Have minimum qualification of Diploma of OSH or be working towards this or an equivalent qualification
10. Current valid WA C class driver’s licence

Desirable Criteria

a) Tertiary qualifications in education, labour studies or other related fields.
b) A Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
c) An understanding of legislation, awards and agreements applicable to public education under which SSTUWA members are employed


In making an application for the position of Industrial Officer - Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), please:

  • Address the selection criteria
  • Keep the application to a maximum of three (3) pages
  • Submit a CV/Resume

Applications should be addressed to: The Chairperson, Appointments Committee, c/o to be received no later than 28 February 2020.

Further Enquiries

For further information regarding this position, please contact Mary Franklyn, General Secretary, SSTUWA at

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