Organiser Pathway: Twelve Month Program

This program contains three distinct Organising courses that will be covered over twelve months.



Intended Audience

Organisers and Campaigners

Delivery Mode



1 day (Organiser Induction)
5 days (L1: Organising Foundations)
5 days (L2: Building Union)




This program contains three courses over twelve months: Organiser Induction, Organiser Pathway Level 1: Organising Foundations and Organiser Pathway Level 2: Building Union.

It is recommended for Organisers with less than one years’ experience in the field.

Organiser Induction will explore the values that underpin unionism and give you the basics to get started on your journey as an organiser. It will equip you with an understanding of unions, some key organising tools and an overview of resolution pathways in the workplace.

After three months in the field, you will return to the training room for Level 1: Organising Foundations. This course will build your knowledge and skills in key aspects of your role including conducting structured organising conversations, workplace mapping and research, and identifying and developing leaders.

Between the Level 1 and Level 2 courses, there will be a recall session via Zoom to monitor your progress and share stories.

Level 2: Building Union will be held six months after the Level 1 course. Here you will have the opportunity to increase your capacity and confidence. The focus will be on building your organising skills so you can effectively problem-solve, support dispute resolution, and participate in bargaining and negotiation processes.

Three months after the Level 2 course, there will be a final recall session via Zoom to report back on the real-world application of your new skills and knowledge.


By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify union values, structures, purpose and relevance to workers
  • Identify key union campaigns throughout Australian history
  • Apply the steps in a structured organising conversation
  • Apply a range of workplace mapping and research skills
  • Apply a range of industrial instruments to workplace issues
  • Identify and apply a range of organising, recruitment and issue resolution strategies
  • Plan and develop member leadership and build communication structures
  • Develop and apply core skills in negotiation


Organiser Induction

Union values and structure 
Role of the Organiser and political context 
Workplace mapping 
Industrial framework and pathways to resolution

Organiser Pathway Level 1

Interests and power 
Lessons from our history 
The organising cycle 
Research and analysis 
The Structured organising conversation
Industrial context and instruments
Issues, analysis and problem-solving
Developing leaders
Building and using power

Organiser Pathway Level 2

Problem-solving and defining problems
The industrial system
Negotiation theory and practice
Power analysis and planning
Recruitment for the long-term
Assessing and developing leaders
Presentation skills
Wage setting and bargaining
Taking action and developing union organisation 

Delivery Style

This course will rely heavily on facilitated discussion, small group work, use of videos, role plays and case studies.



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Course Enrolment

This program (bundle of three courses) is offered at a discount (enrol below).

All three courses are also offered as a stand-alone: Organiser Induction, Level 1: Organising Foundations and Level 2: Building Union.


Induction Session
25 July | 10:00am to 4:00pm

Level 1: Organising Foundations
12 – 16 August | 9:00am to 5:00pm

Tutorial Session
23 August | 12:15pm to 1:00pm

Follow Up Session 1
13 September | 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Follow Up Session 2
29 November | 11:00am to 1:00pm

Level 2: Building Union
3 – 7 February 2025 | 9:00am to 5:00pm

Follow Up Session 3
11 April 2025 | 11:00am to 1:00pm

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