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Development Officer

Queensland Council of Unions
  • Part time (3 days per week)
  • From $110 138 (pro-rata) (Plus superannuation)
  • Permanent


The Queensland Council of Unions has two vacant positions – Campaigns Officer and Development Officer. Both represent an exciting opportunity to make a positive and lasting contribution to the lives of working Queenslanders and their communities.

As well as the opportunities outlined in the job advertisements, the QCU is also looking to appoint a Women’s Officer.

The successful candidate for one of either the Campaigns Officer or Development Officer will assume this role.

The Women’s Officer will work with the QCU Women’s Committee and be responsible for ensuring the plans, projects and campaigns of the committee are implemented. They will also liaise with the Women’s Committee at the Australian Council of Trade Unions. The Women’s officer will need a comprehensive understanding of issues impacting women in the workforce and more broadly in the community, as well as a thorough understanding of how trade union campaigning and education programs can make a difference to the lives of women.

The role of Women’s Officer may be performed by the successful candidate for either of the advertised positions.

If you have any queries about this aspect of the roles, please contact Renee Kempin on 07 3010 2555.


The Queensland Council of Unions is the peak union body in Queensland. It is comprised of 26 affiliate unions, and represents more than 350,000 Queensland workers.

Our Mission Statement is “Leading Unions to achieve industrial, political and social justice for Queensland Workers”.

Job Purpose  

The purpose of this position is to work with QCU affiliated unions to identify skills and knowledge gaps and to develop ways to increase skills and knowledge in relevant areas across the movement. 

The person fulfilling this role will also be responsible for building successful events that celebrate and recognise the achievements of trade unionists and promote a positive image of trade unions in the community.

The ultimate goal of the position is to ensure unions have the tools, skills and knowledge needed to empower members, to increase union membership, to improve the lives of union members and to ensure that union participation in the community is positively recognised.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with QCU affiliated unions to identify areas of need in terms of skills and knowledge.
  • Identify and/or develop programs, short form events or forums, or other ways to address skills needs and knowledge gaps. These programs or events could target needs across the union movement, for certain cohorts within the movement (e.g. organisers, administration staff, governance officers), or within individual unions.
  • Liaise closely and cooperatively with relevant ACTU staff to identify ways to address skills needs and knowledge gaps.
  • Consult with other organisations to identify ways to address skills needs and knowledge gaps and to keep across the latest methods being utilised to fulfil the functions of the role (e.g. online forums; webinars).
  • Develop ways to share ideas across the movement that will maximise our growth and power building potential
  • Maximise participation in programs, forums and events among affiliates and where relevant, through community engagement.
  • Provide support to and assist in the implementation of plans arising from relevant QCU Standing Committees as directed.
  • Organise and maximise participation in events designed to promote unions positively in the community and to recognise and celebrate the achievements of union members.
  • Identify funding and/or partnership possibilities to assist in developing skills and knowledge across the union movement.

Required knowledge, experience and abilities

  • A demonstrated and comprehensive understanding of organising, campaigning and education principles
  • A demonstrated ability to identify skills and knowledge gaps within organisations and to develop plans or programs to address those gaps.
  • Experience in liaising with a range of stakeholders and in developing relationships and networks
  • Formal training qualifications will be beneficial but not essential.
  • Demonstrated experience in organising education programs, including a proven ability to generate interest and attendance in such programs.
  • A demonstrated ability to identify a variety of innovative ways to address skills and knowledge issues.
  • Experience in sourcing funding for training or similar programs will be viewed favourably but is not essential.
  • Understanding and knowledge of contemporary issues impacting on workplaces;
  • Understanding and knowledge of the QCU, its values, policies and organisational structures.

Personal attributes

  • Demonstrated commitment to the values and principles of trade unionism and ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders within the trade union movement;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the respect and values of cultural and social diversity both within the workforce and the community;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Well-developed personal organisational and administrative skills.
  • Ability to work with staff to promote a cooperative and cohesive team approach.


This part time (3 days per week) permanent position in based in Brisbane. Some travel will be required.

Applicants must have a current driver’s license.

The QCU supports Equal Employment Opportunity and encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and women with relevant experience and skills to apply.

Reporting Process

To assume this role you must be appointed by the General Secretary, in line with the QCU Staff Recruitment Policy.

You will report directly to the General Secretary.

Performance Appraisals will be carried out on at least an annual basis by the Assistant General Secretary and reported on to the General Secretary.

Key selection criteria

The ideal candidate must have the required knowledge, experience and abilities as well as the personal attributes listed above. Applications should address each of the items listed under these headings.

Application process 

To obtain the position description and selection criteria, or for any further information regarding the position, please contact Ms Renee Kempin on (07) 3010 2555 or reneek@qcu.asn.au using the subject line: Development Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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