Applications for Organising Works are open!


Applications close 15 July.


By becoming a union Organiser, you can be part of building the grassroots movement that has a proven record of fighting inequality and injustice and winning with working people.

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About Organising Works


The Australian Organising Works program was established in 1994 to recruit and develop waves of union Organisers – the original disruptors!

Since then, more than 1,000 Organisers have completed the program, playing their part in building a strong and united movement of workers through both challenging and exciting times.

At the cutting edge of new strategies to build worker power, Organising Works trainees don’t just change Australian workplaces, they have helped to change the Australian union movement.

If you are passionate about building workers’ collective power to drive workplaces and communities and are active in your community or workplace, apply now!

Applications are particularly encouraged from women, people of colour, people with physical and intellectual disabilities and the LGBTQIA+ community.

The ACTU has teamed up with Democracy in Colour to ensure our recruitment process and traineeship supports everyone in our community take steps to be active in the union movement.


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“I was 22 when I started, and it was an incredible privilege to be taught and mentored by such experienced and deeply committed unionists. Organising Works injected new energy and ideas into our movement.
The challenge then, is the same challenge now: growing our movement. Every generation needs to face these challenges and deal with it on their own terms.”
Sally McManus, ACTU Secretary

About the program


Trainees are employed by a union who support them as a new entrant to the role of Organiser by facilitating their participation in the comprehensive 12-month training program.

Trainees receive a mix of face-to-face education, online webinars, and self-paced online learning. Development of experience comes through their role, but also through Campaign Clinics.

Campaign Clinics deploy trainees in live campaigns, where they have opportunities to develop and implement all aspects of campaigning including planning, communications, recruitment, member decision making, mobilisation and engagement strategies.

Campaign Clinics provide opportunities for developing trainees’ learning and experience while providing ACTU affiliated unions with a resource to draw on for intensive campaign situations.

Key Dates


15 July  |  Applications close

29 July – 23 August  |  Round 1 interviews

9 September – 4 October  |  Round 2 interviews

11 November  |  Communication of acceptance

December – January  |  Employment with union commences (date to be mutually agreed between union and successful candidate)

February  |  First education event


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Affiliate Flyer


Become a sponsoring union – take on an Organising Works trainee in our next wave of leaders.




Applicant Flyer


Organising Works is a training program developing new waves of diverse Organisers.




Application Pack


All the details of the program and how to apply for the next wave of Organising Works.




Organising Works Review


Throughout 2022, a review was initiated to evaluate the program and plan for future iterations of Organising Works.



Useful Links

Are you a union that is interested in sponsoring one or more trainees in this next wave?

Don’t miss our Affiliate info session:
2.30pm, 5 July | Register here


Express interest in sponsorship

Are you already a union Organiser and interested in training options?

The Australian Trade Union Institute offers courses for Organisers at any level of experience.


Enrol in courses at the ATUI

Are you an Organising Works graduate and want to share your story and support trainees?

Join the network where you can meet fellow alumni and support future leaders through the journey.


Join Organising Works Alumni