Vacancies for City Organiser and Trade Union Training 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-elections of City Organiser and Trade Union Training Officer of the NSW Teachers Federation for 2013-2015.

The City Organiser and the Trade Union Training Officer will hold office for the remainder of the triennium commencing on Saturday November 22, 2014.


Nominations are hereby invited for the following positions:

  • City Organiser (1 to be elected)
  • Trade Union Training Officer (1 to be elected)

Candidates must be financial members of the Federation as at Wednesday, November 12 and must be nominated by at least two financial members of 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, November 22.

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.

Close of nominations

Nominations and Statutory Declarations in support of Candidature must be received by the Returning Officer not later than noon on Wednesday, November 12. They may be hand-delivered, posted or emailed to The Returning Officer, NEW Law Pty Ltd, 50 O’Dea Avenue, Waterloo NSW 2017, telephone (02) 8595 1295, 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 November 12. Any candidate wishing to withdraw his/her nomination must do so in writing, to be received by the Returning Officer not later than 11am on Thursday, November 13.

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, November 13. Candidates or their representatives are invited to witness the draw.


Any ballot will be conducted at the Federation Council on Saturday, November 22. 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


Organisers — Schools

Organisers are responsible for carrying out the general work of organising within the Federation, including the recruitment of members. Organisers are assigned to specific areas and will be responsible for the working conditions and associated issues for permanent, permanent part time, temporary and casual (or their equivalent in other services) members. Organisers may be allocated responsibility for a specialist area as part of their duties. The list below is indicative of these areas or projects. Work in these areas may be allocated either on a permanent basis or on a project basis. At times, they may be required to travel to other parts of the state and/or service other sections of the membership as deemed necessary by the General Secretary.

It is expected that all Officers designated as Organisers shall have a current NSW driver’s licence.

In implementing the decisions of Conference, Council and Executive, all Organisers shall:

a) Attend Federation meetings on request and by arrangement.
b) Recruit members.
c) Attend and report to Associations, where practicable.
d) Liaise with Federation Representatives and try to overcome problems by discussion with appropriate persons including the principal.
e) Attend consultation sessions at local and central level including those to employing authorities, departments, and Members of Parliament.
f) In consultation with the Senior Officers, organise and respond to media publicity on Federation policy and local issues.
g) Attend and speak to parent meetings and other community organisations about Federation and its policies.
h) Assist and advise members with problems related to their employment.
i) Be responsible for the handling of industrial disputes, and where required, seek assistance from the appropriate Assistant General Secretary or Senior Officers. This may include advocacy in the Industrial Commission, or other appropriate tribunals.
j) Liaise with provincial labour councils.
k) Be responsible for occupational health and safety matters on work sites.

City Organisers (9)
Country Organisers (12)

Specialist areas:
The following list is indicative of the areas of responsibility or project areas which will be allocated to Organisers on a permanent or project basis.

1. special education
2. small schools
3. central schools
5. school counsellors
6. casual and temporary teachers
7. low socio economic status equity areas
8. industrial practice
9. such other areas as may arise from time to time.

The Assistant General Secretary (Schools) in consultation with the Organisers will allocate responsibility for a specialist area or project to Organisers. Responsibilities in these categories are as follows:

a) Research on issues affecting the specialist area and the development of Federation policy.
b) Attend meetings as agreed to by the General Secretary or Assistant General Secretary.
c) Where necessary, attend consultation sessions at district and central level.
d) Attend and speak to parent meetings and other community organisations, where appropriate.
e) Liaise with associated organisations, as required.

The General Secretary will ensure that Organisers are assisted by Research/Industrial Officers in negotiations with the employers concerning specialist areas.

Industrial matters relating to these groups such as developing logs of claims, award applications and compulsory conferences before industrial tribunals shall be the responsibility of Research/Industrial Officer.

Trade Union Training Officer

a) To organise, promote and conduct Federation Trade Union Training courses and to encourage members to be involved in developing courses they need.
b) To be responsible for the administration required in conducting all courses, including women’s courses, that is, liaising with the employing authorities, receiving all applications, advising applicants, supervising reimbursements to members and regional offices, et cetera.
c) To organise and promote membership access to TUTA courses.
d) To organise the development, collection and dissemination of educational materials relating to courses and to broader issues affecting the union and the labour movement.
e) To conduct union education sessions for Associations and schools as approved by the Assistant General Secretary (Communications and Administration) or General Secretary.
f) To assist the appropriate Assistant General Secretary to organise training courses for the Administrative Officers of the Federation.
g) To be responsible, in conjunction with the General Secretary, for international visitors to the Federation.
h) To be responsible for the use of the website for:
i. The delivery of pre-requisite courses.
ii. Expanded training opportunities for members.
i) To work with the Membership and Training Officer and other Officers as appropriate in the development and delivery of courses to facilitate and increase the recruitment of members and coordinate the work of the Project Officers in consultation with the Membership and Training Officer.
j) To liaise with other Officers as appropriate in the delivery of the New Activists program.

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.