By-election of an Industrial Officer 2013–2015

Pursuant to the Industrial Relations Act 1996, Mr Neale Dawson, Principal Solicitor, NEW Law Pty Ltd, will be the Returning Officer for the by-election of an Industrial Officer of the NSW Teachers Federation for 2013–2015.

The Industrial Officer will hold office for the remainder of the triennium, commencing on Saturday May 31.


Nominations are hereby invited for the following position:

Industrial Officer (1 to be elected)

Detailed working conditions are available in booklet form and will be forwarded to any member upon their written request to the union.

Candidates must be financial members of the Federation as at Wednesday, May 21 and must be nominated by at least two financial members of the Federation.

A candidate may complete a statutory declaration in support of candidature which will be forwarded to the Administrative Officers’ Committee for consideration and compiled and distributed with the ballot paper. The statutory declaration should be no more than 400 words. The candidate’s statement should be typed in no less than a 10 point font and affixed within the box.

As well, the candidate must provide a Word file as an attachment to an email sent to marked to the attention of the Returning Officer. This file will be used to print candidate statements on information sheets provided to voters.

The Administrative Officers’ Committee is required by Federation Rules to give a report to the Federation Council on Saturday May 31.

Nomination forms and statutory declarations in support of candidature are available from Mr Neale Dawson, Returning Officer, NEW Law Pty Ltd, 50 O’Dea Avenue, Waterloo NSW 2017, telephone (02) 8595 1295 or from the NSW Teachers Federation, 23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010, telephone (02) 9217 2100, fax (02) 9217 2470.

Close of nominations

Nominations and statutory declarations in support of candidature must be received by the Returning Officer not later than noon on Wednesday May 21. They may be hand delivered, posted, emailed or faxed to The Returning Officer, NEW Law Pty Ltd, 50 O’Dea Avenue, Waterloo NSW 2017, telephone (02) 8595 1295, fax (02) 9662 1202, email

Any defects in a nomination or statutory declaration in support of candidature must be rectified by the candidate prior to the close of nominations at noon on Wednesday May 21. Any candidate wishing to withdraw his/her nomination must do so in writing to be received by the Returning Officer not later than 11am Thursday May 22.

Should more than the required number of nominations be received for each or any position, a draw will be conducted to determine the order of candidates’ names on the ballot paper at NEW Law at 11am Thursday May 22. Candidates or their representatives are invited to witness the draw.


Any ballot will be conducted at the Federation Council on Saturday May 31. As per the Federation Rules each candidate will have the opportunity to address the Council by way of a three minute speech.

The method of voting to be observed for this election will be exhaustive preferential. All squares must be numbered.

Neale Dawson
Returning Officer

Duties of Industrial Officers

a) To research, prepare, present and advocate collective claims (and, when agreed, on authority from the General Secretary and the Legal Cases Committee, individual claims) concerned with salaries, pay, allowances, working conditions and industrial matters including before relevant industrial and other tribunals.
b) To research, prepare, present and negotiate awards and enterprise agreements on salaries, working conditions and industrial matters in consultation with other
appropriate Officers.
c) To research comparative salary and working conditions of teachers and other professional and industrial groups.
d) To research and produce for membership information, relevant data on salary and working conditions, for development within the teaching service and the community generally.
e) To provide advice on matters which are being considered for referral to the Industrial Commission or other relevant bodies.
f) To have responsibility for the coordination of occupational health and safety issues.
g) The duties of one Industrial Officer will also include primary responsibility for occupational health and safety.
While the section maintains specialist Officer positions, the Assistant General Secretary may allocate to Officers work from the other specialist area.
Research and preparation of materials relating to the political economy of women and the integration of this material within the mainstream activities of the Federation will be done in conjunction with the Women’s Coordinator.

Duties common to all Administrative Officers

As Administrative Officers are elected by Council and responsible to the General Secretary for the implementation of the decisions of Conference, Council and Executive, all Officers are required to:
a) Attend Annual Conference, Council and Officers’ meetings whenever not prevented by the carrying out of other duties. To attend Executive when possible to provide reports and advice to the Executive.
b) Participate in campaigns.
c) Maintain close relationships with the membership and assist them with their problems. This will include participation in rosters as negotiated, including phone duties, where Officers may be required to participate at least four hours per fortnight. Welfare Officers are exempt from the phone duty roster.
d) Recruit new members as a continuous part of their work.
e) Address school, college and Association meetings when required by the General Secretary.
f) Irrespective of the elected area of responsibility, the General Secretary may require an Officer to service any other area as the need arises.
g) In addition, Officers generally will be assigned to assist the activities of a Committee or Special Interest Group within the Federation by attending its meetings and providing liaison between the Committee/SIG and the Federation office.
h) To address the demands of the priority campaigns of the Federation all Officers may, from time to time, be required by the General Secretary to work outside the duties specified in the duty statement for the position held. For a specified period of time, this may involve performing duties outlined in the duty statements of other Officer positions.