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Community Organiser

Employer: Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Work Type/s: Full Time, Part Time
Classification/s: Advocacy & Campaigns, Legal & Human Rights, Multiculturalism & Diversity
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Brisbane & Gold Coast

Job posted on: 09 January, 2019.
Applications close: 23 January, 2019. (Expired)

  • Reports to: Organising Manager
  • Hours: 38 hours per week (1 EFT), flexible and part-time work arrangements negotiable
  • Classification: Level 5 under the SCHCADS Award
  • Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Organisational Context

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is the largest aid, employment, health and advocacy organisation for people seeking asylum in Australia. The ASRC provides a range of direct services as well as participating in law reform, campaigning and lobbying. 

Advocacy and Campaign Stream

ASRC works to build a powerful movement that leads effective social change for people seeking asylum. As part of a movement, the ASRC supports a collaborative approach to advocacy and campaigns that takes a whole-of-society approach to advocating for the rights of people seeking asylum. We seek to understand and implement best practice for networking, organising and campaigning. As part of our strategy, we seek to work collaboratively with partners to share knowledge, information and resources with a broad network of interested stakeholders. We shift attitudes on the issue of seeking asylum leading to a more welcoming, inclusive and just community.

ASRC Organising Program

In 2015 the ASRC commissioned a major research project to determine more effective ways of communicating about the rights of people seeking asylum. The ‘Words that Work’ research findings are an opportunity for refugee advocates and supporters to take control and reframe the conversation. “Words that Work” provides clear guidance on how we can talk about the issues impacting on people seeking asylum to increase community awareness and achieve a substantial shift in public opinion. The “Words that Work” findings influence all our campaigns, community engagement and communications.

The Organising team is currently implementing the ‘RightTrack’ strategy across Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales. The aim of the ‘RightTrack’ strategy is to resource a community-led movement with the tools to increase community awareness and shift attitudes on the rights of people seeking asylum. The Organising team aim to promote and empower the voices and experiences of people with lived experience of seeking asylum. A focus is also to engage young people and their networks.

A close working relationship with the Campaigns team is essential to the success of our organising efforts.

Specific Duties

The Community Organiser based in Brisbane will be responsible for undertaking the following duties:

  1. Lead the development, implementation and monitoring of state-based organising strategies and plans in support of ASRC advocacy and campaign priorities
  2. Influence and build organising and advocacy capacity of individuals and ally organisations/groups
  3. Develop innovative training programs and resource organising strategies
  4. Embed genuine opportunities for people with lived experience to lead the movement in all the ASRC’s organising work
  5. Work closely with the Campaign Coordinator to inform and develop digital content
  6. Work in partnership with a community led movement to build local networks and alliances in targeted and strategic electorates
  7. Recruit, train and manage a team of volunteer community organisers
  8. Support the effective management of data and the Nation Builder database for Queensland
  9. Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of organising strategies, plans and relevant program logics
  10. Contribute to the overall effectiveness of the organising program by participating in critical practice reflection, program design, resource development and strategy development
  11. Oversee the financial management of the Queensland Community Organising budget

General Responsibilities

  • Ensure adherence to ASRC values
  • Contribute to the development of a high performing Organising team
  • Maintaining remote office
  • Other responsibilities as directed by the Organising Manager

Selection Criteria


  • Experience in organising and mobilising communities to take action, preferably in a political context
  • Experience shifting community attitudes using values-based framing to create compelling narratives
  • Experience in the development and delivery of capacity building activities, (e.g. facilitating workshops, materials and tools) to support organising
  • Experience managing volunteers, preferably in an organising context
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to engage and build relationships with a diverse range of stakeholder groups
  • Experience using a CRM to to effectively segment and communicate with a range of audiences
  • Commitment to ASRC values


  • Knowledge of policy and issues impacting on people seeking asylum in Australia
  • Current driver’s license
  • Experience working people with lived experience
  • Experience working as part of a remote team

Conditions of Employment

Terms and conditions of employment will be based on the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 or its successor agreements.

All offers of employment are subject to a satisfactory Criminal History Check and provision of a valid Working with Children Check prior to commencement.

Regular weekend and out of hours work will be required to fulfil the responsibilities of this position and will be compensated with time off in lieu. 

Employment entitlements and benefits are shown on our website here.

Please refer to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre website ( for further organisational information.

People from asylum seeker and refugee backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply

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