AMWU: National Strategy and Political Officer

  • Permanent
  • Based in the AMWU National Office, Granville, with some flexibility 


The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) is a progressive union dedicated to advancing the rights and wellbeing of manufacturing workers and our communities.

With a rich history and commitment to social justice, we pride ourselves on bold member-led campaigns that effect real change and build workers’ power.


This is a position of trust. Reporting directly to the National Secretary, and the union leadership as required.

The position will support the leadership to develop strategy across the union, including aligning the industrial, political, and campaigning priorities of our Union. The Officer will drive internal communication, collaboration, and consistency of approach and messaging.

The role will coordinate the delivery of executive-level decisions, ensuring the necessary resources are allocated to meet our objectives.

This role will be responsible for maintaining political relationships with key government offices and departments. This includes ensuring that the National Secretary and Assistant National Secretaries are properly briefed and prepared for meetings. The role will work closely with the research and organising and research teams to deliver policy outcomes for members.

The Officer will maintain external relationships with strategic partners, including other trade unions, NGOs and industry.

This role will require interstate travel to State Branches of the Union and to Federal Parliament from time to time.

Decisions, actions, and behaviours are governed by our Code of Conduct and our Union Culture Charter and the delivery of our services to our members is aligned to the commitments outlined in our Strategic Plan and Operational Plan. All employees have an accountability to ensure work and conduct is aligned to these. 


This position shall report directly to the National Secretary.

Other key relationships include the National President, National Assistant Secretaries, National Executive Officer and the Executive Assistant to the National Secretary.

The position will interact regularly with the Senior Coordinator of Legal and Research, Senior Coordinator of Organising and Campaigns, and the Senior Coordinator of Communications, State Secretaries, Organisers, ACTU (Australian Council of Trade Unions), Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial Offices, Departments, Senate, House and Joint Committees and ICN (Industry Capability Network). 


National Secretary 

  • Work directly with the National Secretary to integrate our industrial, political and campaigning agendas with our National Strategy
  • Advise the National Secretary on areas of uncertainty and risk
  • Prepare the National Secretary for internal and external meetings
  • Ensure information is provided at the right point in the decision-making process
  • Follow up action items, delegated tasks and responsibilities
  • Proactively approach the National Secretary with ideas to deliver on the National Union’s priorities

National Union responsibilities 

  • Drive connections between the leadership team and the broader organisation;
  • Ensure priorities, strategies and activities are communicated internally and connect the work to the resources required.

Any other duties as directed by the National Secretary. 


  • A commitment to the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union and the Trade Union Movement;
  • Understanding of the AMWU’s objectives, culture and organisation;
  • A knowledge of the Australian Labor Party, as well as knowledge of political parties and representatives
  • Strong and demonstrated writing experience including research, reports, speeches and presentations;
  • Professional manner and communication skills;
  • Ability to work autonomously;
  • Ability to adapt complex ideas to different audiences;
  • Ability to think strategically and analyse problems;
  • Ability to work with a range of people, including elected officials, organisers, staff, members, and delegates;
  • Ability to exercise discretion particularly in relation to confidential and sensitive information 


  • A thorough understanding of Australia’s industrial and political environment;
  • Experience working on union campaigns, and a solid understanding of strategy vs tactics to further our campaign goals;
  • Experience in managing projects;
  • Ability to manage internal and external relationships;
  • Ability to manage the process of idea to execution;
  • Ability to anticipate and avert problems;
  • Ability to grasp and add value to the leader’s vision;
  • Organisational and political intelligence. 


Depending on experience, the role is remunerated at $115,793.60 (Level 6 of the classification structure in the Wages and Conditions of Employment for Officials and Officers).

One RDO per month.

Provision of a union vehicle.

Applications should be sent to by COB on Friday, 1 December, 2023.

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