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HACSU is hiring: Area Organiser: Organising and Campaigning


Position:            Area Organiser: Organising and Campaigning               Employer:          Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) 
Work Type/s:    Full Time 

For the full position description click here.

Applications close: 25 January 2017

Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) is the Victorian No.2 Branch of the Health Services Union. HACSU is seeking a full time Area Organiser: Organising and Campaigning to work in the Union’s Melbourne office.

HACSU is an industry based Union representing Mental Health Nurses, Health Professionals, Alcohol and other Drug, Workers, and Disability Support Workers, and other Direct Care and Support Staff in Victorian Mental health and Disability Services

The priority of the Union is to grow the strength and the power of HACSU by advocating for and protecting the professional and industrial interests of all members. This position will provide leadership to delegates and members with a focus on organising and campaigning and recruitment.

Salary: HACSU provides an attractive salary and conditions, commensurate with demonstrated skills and experience.


HACSU is a campaigning union and we campaign with members for improved wages and conditions and for improvements in mental health, alcohol and drugs and disability policy.

This is a challenging role where you will have responsibility for workplaces in a specified geographic area including regional Victoria.

We are looking for a motivated person who can work co-operatively with other members of the HACSU team.

You will work closely with the lead organiser developing workplace and campaigning plans for your designated areas.

With the support and guidance of the leadership team you will assist in union wide campaigns.

You will be able to work autonomously and be responsible for organising and campaigning in your geographic area.

You will provide support to members and work closely with workplace delegates including the facilitation of delegate education and training in conjunction with HACSU Educator.

You must be able to advocate for workers rights and conditions accordingly advanced negotiation and communication skills are essential.

You must be an analytical thinker who can work to deadlines and manage issues to outcomes.

You will be expected to join workers to the Union to increase density in each sector.

Qualifications and experience as a Mental Health Clinician preferred.

Key Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated leadership qualities, reflective of the Union environment promoting the values and principles of unionism.
  • Commitment to the underlying principles of the union movement, social justice, community development and equity.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and resolve issues arising from a demanding workload, high levels of expectation and competing priorities in the workplace.
  • Proven ability to positively contribute to change and innovation.
  • Proven ability to develop and implement workplace organising and campaigning plans.
  • Demonstrated communication, analytical, problem solving and dispute resolution skills.
  • Well-developed advocacy skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of current industrial and professional issues in the Victorian Mental Health industry.
  • Knowledge and understanding of current industrial legislation and policies, including Fair Work Australia and of other legislation as they pertain to Industrial Relations.
  • Demonstrated decision-making and time management skills.
  • Excellent presentation, public speaking and interpersonal skills.


Please send your application to Paul Healey – Assistant State Secretary by COB on Wednesday 25 January 2017.   Email:

For the full position description click here.