Course Content

The course will cover topics relating to engaging with political decision making and contributing to the political process. Participants will learn about how to develop a political strategy and how and when to engage with Members of Parliament The course will also cover training members to attend political consultation meetings.

Key Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Understand how policies and laws are developed and where union members can contribute
  • Understand the different campaign tools that can be used to communicate with politicians
  • Develop a strategy to contribute to the political process
  • Know how to train members for consultation meetings and how to conduct a meeting with a politician

Module 1: The political process

Module 1 will cover the various points at which you can contribute to policy and political decision making: during policy development, after legislation has been introduced into Parliament, and after laws and regulations have been made. It will talk about the difference between proactive and reactive consultation, and the importance of both.

At the end of this module, participants should:

  • Understand the political decision-makers and the decision-making process
  • Know when to communicate with the Government, the Opposition or the Crossbench
  • Be able to identify the points at which policies or potential laws can be informed by union members.

Module 2: Developing a lobbying plan

Module 2 will build on module 1 by looking at methods for contributing to political decision-makers. Participants will learn how to develop a communications strategy for both proactive and reactive consultation.

At the end of this module, participants should:

  • Understand the various tools available to communicate with decision makers and know when they can best be utilised
  • Develop a strategy for contributing ideas to politicians and political parties on a specific policy
  • Develop a strategy for opposing or amending legislation

Module 3: How to lobby

Module 3 will discuss how and when to request a meeting with a politician and the most effective way to communicate with political-decision makers in person.

At the end of this module, participants should:

  • Know how and when to contact a Member of Parliament to request a meeting
  • Know how to select the best possible members for a consultation meeting
  • Be able to train their members on participating in a meeting
  • Understand how to conduct a meeting and follow up from a meeting

How does the course meet the objectives of the PET Fund Project?

This course focuses on consultative parliamentary processes. Participants will learn how workers voices can be heard of critical issues such as productivity in the workplace, the experience in enterprise bargaining and the operation of the workplace relations system. It will focus on ensuring that workers are represented in the political decision-making process.

Course Dates

Each course is delivered in 4 hour blocks - between 1 and 5pm AEST, spread across 2 days.

8 & 9 September – 1pm to 5pm AEST

21 & 22 September – 1pm to 5pm AEDT

4 & 5 November– 1pm to 5pm AEDT

Please ensure relevant approval has been granted by your union in accordance with its rules and elected official and note the cost of this course is $120.00 (GST inclusive).

https://www.atui.org.au/political-engagement