Welcome to the Australian Trade Union Institute


The Australian Trade Union Institute (ATUI) is the centre for providing education, collaboration and research for Australian unions. It is designed by unionists, for unionists.

Powered by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), the ATUI offers flexible study options across a broad range of subject areas, catering to a variety of learners.

In addition to providing education and training, the ATUI acts as a network for sharing ideas and strategies between unions, drawing on the wealth of knowledge and experience across the movement, as well as thought leaders from related fields.

The Institute provides training that meets the real needs of unionists and facilitates collaboration and research that builds the capacity of the movement as a whole.


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The ATUI courses are loosely categorised according to their subject matter or theme. However, many courses contain content that overlaps across categories.


Work Health and Safety
Social and History



Each of the ATUI courses list one or more Intended Audience(s), to indicate who the course is designed for or which participants will benefit most from the course. However, for many courses, these are a guide only, and enrolments are not limited to those within those audience(s).


Organisers and Campaigners
Industrial and Legal Officers
Specialist Staff (eg. Policy and Research)
Affiliate Leaders
Elected Officers/Officials
All Affiliate Staff
Delegates and Activists



Trade union education is optimised when participants share expertise and experience in relation to the workers and industries they represent, and courses are designed to maximise interaction and encourage active participation where possible.


Face-to-face training sessions run across Australia in various states. Meeting face-to-face is a great way to connect with fellow unionists and our educators in person.


No matter where you’re coming from, our online training sessions (delivered over Zoom) will teach practical skills, adopting an interactive approach to online education.

On Demand

On Demand courses are online and self-paced. Instead of attending live classes, you will have the flexibility to study when it suits you and complete in your own time.


Whether it’s adapting course content or bringing our Educators to a location that suits you, we can customise courses to fit the needs of your union.



The ATUI Pathways take learners on a linear and progressive journey from foundational skills and knowledge through to proficiency in a particular stream.

The ATUI currently has Pathways in the areas of Organising, Industrial and Work Health and Safety.

It is recommended that learners progress through the Pathways as suggested or enter the Pathway at a stage that is commensurate with their on-the-job skills, knowledge and experience, if structured training has not been completed.


Organising Foundations
Building Union
Organising for Change
The Craft of Organising


Industrial Foundations
Bargaining and Negotiation
Advocacy Masterclass


WHS Foundations
Commonwealth WHS Entry Permit Holders
Certificate IV in WHS



The Australian Trade Union Institute has partnered with education credential provider Credly to deliver digital badges in recognition of your learning.





What is a digital badge?

A digital badge clearly details what you can do, what you did to earn this badge, and who says you earned it. It is proof of the training you’ve received through the ATUI: a web-enabled version of a certification which can be verified and shared online.


How do I earn a digital badge?

Once you’ve completed an eligible course with us, you will receive an email directly from Credly asking you to sign up for a Credly account and accept your badge.


What are the benefits of a digital badge?

Representing your skills as a badge allows you to share your abilities online in a way that is simple, trusted and can be easily verified in real time. Badges provide employers and peers evidence of what you had to do to earn your credential and what you’re now capable of.


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Registered Training Organisation Information

The Australian Trade Union Institute (ATUI), through arrangement with the Registered Training Organisation, ACTU Education Inc RTO No. 4141, is able to deliver accredited training that leads to a nationally recognised qualification under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

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