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Graduate Junior Industrial Officer

Working Women's Centre SA Inc.
  • Work type: Full time: 2-year fixed term contract
  • Sector – Not for Profit
  • Location – Adelaide

The Working Women’s Centre SA Inc is a not-for-profit organisation that provides an industrial and legal service to vulnerable working women and people. The Centre was established in 1979 and has been advising, supporting and advocating for vulnerable workers for 40 years. The Centre provides support, advice and representation to women who face issues in their employment in both federal and state jurisdictions.

We have recently secured funding from the Fair Work Ombudsman and we are looking to expand our team with a graduate Junior Industrial Officer.

The position is subject to continued funding.

Employment conditions are specified in the Working Women’s Centre Inc Enterprise Agreement 2018. Presently, the Junior Industrial Officer role is not set out in the Enterprise Agreement. The Enterprise Agreement is due for renewal and the classification will be added. Some out of hours work is required.


  • Competitive salary $60,000.00
  • 12% superannuation
  • Flexible workplace
  • 35-hour week (plus reasonable overtime stipulated in the EBA)
  • TOIL entitlements


  • Enhance women and vulnerable people’s participation in and contribution to workplace arrangements that improve their economic prosperity and welfare.
  • Increase women and vulnerable people’s knowledge of the legal, policy, and institutional frameworks that promote workplace reform, including employment conditions and fair and efficient arrangements for remuneration and safe work.
  • Provide a safety net of industrial relations related services, including providing legal services, to women and vulnerable people who are otherwise unable to access them to enable them to participate effectively in the labour force.
  • Enhance work-related services provided by other organisations to women and vulnerable people.

A Junior Industrial Officer of the Centre is responsible to the Director for the provision of support, advice, and representation to clients on industrial and employment matters. You will work closely and in partnership with a team of experienced Industrial Officers.


  • Support Senior Industrial Officers to provide information and industrial advice to vulnerable people who are primarily not members of unions and who do not have their own lawyer.
  • Provide industrial and legal advice across a wide range of federal and state legislation concerning industrial and employment matters.
  • Support Senior Industrial Officers to represent clients in conciliation, arbitration, and court hearings with respect to industrial claims and disputes.
  • Work closely with the Director and Senior Industrial Officers on other tasks as required.

The successful candidate(s) will:

  • Maintain files and organise client data for the purpose of reporting.
  • Maintain effective file management systems and internal quality assurance procedures consistent with the administrative systems, procedures, and policies of the service to ensure collection of relevant data and statistics and provide reports to the Director.
  • Undertake research and contribute to developing submissions and reports of a high standard.
  • Assist clients with appropriate referrals to other services and agencies when necessary.
  • Work with the Director and Industrial Officers to plan and execute legal advice clinics
  • Work with WWC SA volunteers as directed.
  • Perform ancillary tasks as directed.

Please see attached position description for full list of duties.

Outreach and Community Education

  • Represent the Working Women’s Centre on a broad range of community, union, government, legal and departmental committees, as necessary.
  • Prepare and present community education sessions.

Union Liaison and Assistance

  • Educate and assist women in gaining representation from their unions.


  • A legal qualification and eligibility to be admitted to practise in South Australia.
  • An introductory understanding of the Australian Industrial Relations system and workplace law.
  • An understanding of the role of the Fair Work Act2009 and Fair Work Regulations 2009.
  • A commitment to principles of unionism
  • A commitment to gender equity and feminist politics.
  • Demonstrated abilities in negotiation and conflict resolution.
  • Demonstrated high level written and oral communication skills.
  • Exceptional time management skills and demonstrated ability to prioritise tasks.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the principles of justice and worker’s rights.
  • Understanding of gender politics and the intersection with labour/employment policy.


  • Demonstrated research and writing skills.
  • Completion of Industrial or Employment law-related course.
  • Sound ability with Excel spreadsheets.

Women from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, women from culturally diverse backgrounds, LGBTIQ women and women with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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