Supporting the independent education community

Vacant Positions




The IEU is a union with over 30,000 members in NSW and the ACT employed in Catholic schools, independent schools and other non-government organisations such as early childhood services and post-secondary colleges.  


The Union is seeking an Industrial Officer to perform the following duties:


  • conduct of bargaining for agreements covering smaller groups of members, usually with Organisers
  • advocacy before the Fair Work Commission and other tribunals as required
  • provide advice to other union officers and members on the interpretation of agreements, dispute handling and legal rights pursuant to the Fair Work Act
  • preparation of matters for court and tribunal hearings, including underpayment claims and matters relating to teacher registration etc. 


The successful applicant will have the following attributes:


  • relevant tertiary qualifications, preferably legal or industrial relations qualifications
  • ability to work as part of a team 
  • ability to be self-motivated and pursue complex matters, seeking guidance and assistance as required
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • attention to detail and ability to review and assess lengthy and tedious documents. 


A commitment to the union movement and labour values is essential. 


Applicants who have experience in the indicative duties above as well as new graduates are invited to apply.


A driver’s licence is desirable. 


The position will be based in our Ultimo office in Sydney. Officers are expected to be available for weekend and evening work from time to time. Overnight travel will occasionally be required to regional IEU offices and inter-state meetings. Weekend work will be advised well in advance.


Salaries and conditions are in line with IEU Officer conditions, including competitive salaries, 13.5% superannuation, six weeks annual leave and 15 days per annum sick leave. 


Your application should include a CV, the names and contact details of two referees, and at least one example (preferably two) of written work to demonstrate your experience and written communication skills. 


These examples could include a written submission to a tribunal, correspondence to an employer setting out issues in bargaining etc and in the case of a new graduate material could include essays or other assessment tasks.


Recent graduates as well as experienced industrial officers are encouraged to apply.


Please email applications to Joanna Kotsakis at by 10am 17 November 2020.

Any enquiries should also be directed to Joanna in the first instance. Starting date: 27 January 2020








IEU Organiser Sydney


The Union is currently seeking applications for a full time Organiser to be based in our Parramatta office.  A second Organiser position may also be available, based at either our Ultimo or Parramatta offices.  The commencement date for the successful applicant(s) would be negotiated but preferably from the beginning of Term 1, 2021.




Organisers’ duties include school visits, industrial representation of members and the implementation of IEU campaigns.  Familiarity with issues affecting teachers at all stages of their career and the current educational agenda as it impacts on teachers is highly desirable.  Some weekends and evening work will be required.  Overnight travel may also be necessary and a current driver’s licence is essential.




The successful applicant(s) will be appointed under contract by the Executive of the union and accountable to the Secretary in the first instance. 


Salary will be in accordance with the IEU Officers’ salary scale that has links to Sydney Catholic Schools teachers’ rates.  Starting salary is usually one incremental step on the Officer scale above the salary that the applicant would earn in 2021.


IEU Organisers retain their membership of the union and are non-voting members of IEU Council.




Applications must be made in writing, setting out background, experience and other relevant material, including union involvement, that might support the application and forwarded to:


The Secretary


GPO Box 116

Sydney NSW 2001



All applications must be received by 10am Monday 9 November.  For further information and a role description outline, please contact Helen Gregory on 8202 8900 or 1800 467 943 or