The Australian Trade Union Institute is the centre for providing education, collaboration and research for Australian Unions. It is focused on providing cutting edge training and education, undertaking research that furthers the interest of workers.
We are committed to drawing on the wealth of knowledge and experience in our movement; at the Institute everyone is both a teacher and a learner. The Australian Trade Union Institute is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO number 4141).Browse Courses
In the face of falling union density and the pressures of everyday organising, it often feels like we are treading water when it comes to union growth. Every union member has a vital role to play, which is why it’s so important for organisers to take the time to transfer their knowledge, confidence and skills to union members.
Researching and presenting a submission is a skill that can be learnt, like any other. This course caters to officials who need to present matters to the Fair Work Commission or other industrial tribunals. You will learn a step-by-step approach that will provide guidance at every stage of the process, from initial research to presenting – ensuring you will be the most effective advocate possible.
The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (WHS) is a nationally accredited program, which equips you with a practical WHS tool kit, based on a proactive and preventative approach to workplace health and safety from a union perspective.
The Certificate of Executive Management and Development comprises core modules, electives and masterclasses purposefully contextualised for Union Leader needs, equipping them with the practical skills and capabilities to lead in an accelerating and complex world.
Climate change is a workplace issue. It affects us all. This course is all about providing you practical strategies to both climate-proof your workplace – in alignment with WHS legislation – and to take a more active role in climate change campaigns, particularly campaigns for a just energy transition.
Become a more effective delegate as you represent the interests of workers in your workplace. This course is built for those embarking on a role as a delegate for the first time. Gain the practical skills and knowledge you need, as well as the confidence these skills entail, in order to effectively represent workers’ interests.
Economics for Unionists provides a grounding in the fundamentals of economic theory and policy from a unionist’s perspective. Enhance your understanding of major economic concepts and arguments, theories of labour in the economy, and alternative approaches to economic policy.
This course is all about exploring pragmatic ways to build worker voices in global supply chains. You will have the opportunity to extend your understanding of how global supply chains operate, including the gaps and weaknesses in existing regulatory frameworks – contextualised within the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of modern slavery and human rights due diligence legislation.
The Fair Work Act of 2009 brought about important changes to workplace laws, particularly in relation to union officials’ entry to workplaces. As an Official completing this course, you will be able to apply for a right of entry permit under the Fair Work Act.
This course builds on the skills introduced in our Core skills for Delegates. As a workplace delegate, you will often play the role of problem solver, and at times need to step in to negotiate productive outcomes at the workplace level.