CPSU: Development Unit Organiser

Position Title:                     Development Unit Organiser

Position Location:            Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra or Melbourne

Employment Status:         Permanent, full time, subject to probation

Classification and Salary range:   Organiser Level 2 – $97,782 – $114,936 (includes Organiser Expense Allowance paid as salary) +15.4% Superannuation.

Position reports to:   Director Development Unit 

Positions reporting to this position are:     Nil

Conditions of employment:

  • flexible work practices and access to accrued days off
  • best practice maternity leave provisions (26 weeks paid) and supporting parental leave (six weeks paid)
  • employer super contributions on paid or unpaid parental leave for a period equal to a maximum of 52 weeks
  • a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program
  • a strong commitment to training and development, and
  • salary sacrificing
Community and Public Sector Union – CPSU (PSU Group)

The CPSU (PSU Group) is one of Australia’s most active and innovative trade unions. CPSU members work in the Australian Public Service, the ACT and NT governments, and a number of community and private sector areas.

Our Purpose

CPSU members work together to secure better working lives for all. We work collectively to ensure workers are safe at work, have fair rights, pay and conditions, and a voice at work. We act with integrity and stand in solidarity where workers are attacked. We know strong union workplaces deliver better public services. As part of the broad labour movement, all that we do supports progressive social change and environmental justice. 

Our focus

To do this, we work together to:

  1. Build power and be a bigger, stronger union that is led from the workplace:
  • Engage with non-members, particularly workers who don’t have a relationship with us.
  • Engage existing members, build commitment and activism.
  • Support and empower delegates and workplace leaders.
  1. Achieve results for members and workers in our industries.
  • Campaign with delegates and members to address issues affecting our workplaces.
    • Work with delegates and members to advocate for and address issues affecting our industries.
  • Work with delegates and members to advocate for and address policy and political issues affecting our lives and future.
  • Support and train organisers in conjunction with Teams.
As an employer we offer family friendly conditions and leave entitlements, 15.4% superannuation, and access to health and wellbeing initiatives. Our friendly staff are passionate about the work they do and committed to union values, helping others, and making a positive contribution to society. Working with the CPSU means you will work side by side with other union members to make our workplaces and communities fairer.


This is an exciting role in the CPSU that provides opportunities to work on innovative, whole-of-union organising initiatives in close contact with our union’s workplace leaders and delegates.

CPSU is a modern, creative union with a positive vision for our members’ working lives and for the community we are part of. We’re building a growing, active and dynamic organisation committed to winning real improvements for our members in the federal, ACT and NT public sector, telecommunications, broadcasting and the private sector.

The primary role of the Development Unit Organiser is to develop the capacity of delegates, leaders, and organisers to build growing and vibrant union communities in their workplace/s.

The role of the Development Organiser is to:

  • Deliver our delegates’ training program.
  • Contribute to the development of delegates’ training and support materials, including online materials including self-paced learning modules, how-to guides, and other supporting materials.
  • Develop and support delegates and leaders to systematically recruit workers, including new starters.
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of organiser training and support materials, including training, org huddles, and new organiser training, and online materials including self-paced learning modules, how-to guides, and other supporting materials.
  • Assist teams in planning, developing, and delivering workplace campaign training.
  • Contribute to implementation of growth and development projects and campaigns.
Projects a Development Unit Organiser will contribute to include:

  • Whole of Union support on campaigns, issues, topics, and internal policy implementation.
  • Increasing our political organising capacity.
  • Growth Strategies.
  • Retention Strategies.
  • Development of future organising approaches.
As a modern union CPSU continues to focus on new technologies that will assist with the delivery of services, support and development of CPSU members, delegates and staff. This includes the use of new tools available to Development Unit staff to best reach its intended audience. This will include both the analysis of data to identify new approaches and the continued use of new platforms such as video conferencing or digital approaches to training and projects.

Selection Criteria – required skills, knowledge and ability. 


  1. Demonstrated ability to recruit new members using clear messages that explain the purpose and benefit of being a union member.
  2. Ability to motivate and develop workplace delegates and leaders.
  3. Comprehensive understanding and application of the principles and techniques of organising.
  4. Ability to present information and facilitate group learning in an interactive manner using adult learning techniques.
  5. Ability to deal professionally with diverse groups of people, including members, potential members, delegates, employers, section and governing councillors, union staff and union officials.
  6. Enthusiasm, energy and creativity to do a challenging job.
  7. Ability to develop and implement project plans and develop and prepare online resources (with support).
  8. Ability to work with leads and organisers to arrange and populate in-face or virtual delegate training courses.
  9. Adapts work to support CPSU and team plans and methods of operation.
It’s not expected that applicants have experience in all these areas, or all the knowledge and skills required but will need to be able to demonstrate that they can quickly acquire the knowledge and skills to undertake the required duties.


  1. Good knowledge of the federal industrial relations system
  2. Training qualifications (e.g., Train the Trainer/Organiser as Educator/Certificate IV in Training and Assessment)
  3. Ability to work changing hours, including weekends and travelling to regional centres and interstate. 
Inquiries can be made to:

Sam PopovskiDirector Development Unit

Mobile: 0417474163

Email: sam.popovski@cpsu.org.au 

Applications addressing the selection criteria must be submitted by COB Thursday 25 July 2024. 

Please include examples that support your claims against the selection criteria.


You must complete the on-line Employment Application Questionnaire and address the Selection Criteria to be considered for this position.

Please visit our website at https://cpsu.wufoo.com/forms/cpsu-employment-application/ to access the Employment Application Questionnaire and submit your application. 

The CPSU is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply for position. Selection is merit based.  Part time employment opportunities may be considered where suitable.

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