Do well, while doing good

The Community & Public Sector Union exists to protect and improve the rights of workers in the Australian Public Service, the ACT and NT governments, and a range of community-based and private sector employers. It’s an important job, and one that has a profound and tangible impact on our members’ lives and the communities they serve. Working at the CPSU will give you the opportunity to develop your career while making meaningful contributions to worker wellbeing and a range of socially and environmentally progressive issues.

Why work at the CPSU

Our focus on worker rights and wellbeing is reflected in our role as an employer and is part of what makes the CPSU an amazing place to work.

Make a positive contribution

The opportunity to make meaningful and positive contributions to society is a major driving force for our staff. Your work will contribute to better and fairer outcomes for workers and communities.

Develop your skills and progress your career

Our staff are supported in developing their skills and knowledge and to take advantage of opportunities for development and progression both within and beyond the CPSU.

Diversity and inclusion

The CPSU is a union with a proud history of championing diversity and supporting the inclusion and advancement of all workers, no matter their individual characteristics or background. As an employer, the CPSU promotes diversity in its own workplace, and staff are encouraged to get involved in established staff networks such as the Cultural and Linguistic Diverse network (CALD), the Accessibility Network and the Queer Network.


Incredible culture and comrades

The culture of the CPSU is welcoming, empathetic, and supportive. Staff show genuine care and concern for one another and help to promote the personal and professional well-being of their comrades.

Locations around the country

CPSU’s work is national in scope, and we maintain a presence in all states and territories. Our staff have the opportunity to work where they are and to relocate as new roles become available.  


Job security

CPSU prides itself on being a stable and secure employer. This is reflected in our generous employment conditions, as well as the average tenure of CPSU staff. 

Best practice working conditions

Flexible Work Arrangements, including working from home. Generous leave entitlements, including moving leave, disability leave and family violence leave. 15.4% superannuation. Accrued Days Off for extra hours worked. Salary sacrificing.


Health and wellbeing initiatives

The CPSU recognises that promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace contributes to building a positive work culture. Staff have access to an annual health and wellbeing payment to promote a healthy lifestyle; free flu vaccination program; time off work to give blood and free Employee Assistance Program for staff and their household family members.

Staff-led collective bargaining

Staff pay and conditions are negotiated collectively in a transparent and democratic process with involvement open to all staff.


Staff benefits and discounts

CPSU staff can take advantage of the union’s collective bargaining power via Member Advantage to access significant discounts on everything from groceries to petrol, whitegoods, dining, travel, and more.

Current positions

Fixed-term positions are to cover permanent staff on leave and acting in higher duties positions or temporary transfer. Over 80% of organisers employed on fixed-term roles convert to ongoing employment as permanent positions become available.

Position Location Employment status Applications close
Field Organiser Darwin, NT Ongoing (subject to probation) / Full Time COB Friday 28 June, 2024

Overview of roles

The CPSU offers a broad range of roles across many professional disciplines. For full role-specific details please refer to the position description. Below you will find descriptions of some of our most regularly advertised positions. 

Overview: Field Organiser

The primary function of this role is to develop and implement effective campaigns and strategies to assist members to bring about positive change in their workplaces.

There is a strong emphasis on recruiting members and developing members, delegates and workplace leaders.

Overview Members Service Centre Organiser

The primary function of this role is to provide information, support, advice and representation to members on issues that affect their working lives.

This position has the potential for career development to a workplace organising role. A comprehensive training program is provided.

Hear from our staff


Adam – Communications Officer

“The CPSU is without a doubt the most welcoming, inclusive, and progressive workplace I’ve ever been in. It’s great to be part of a team where I feel so supported and appreciated. Coming from a primarily private-sector background I can safely say that my job satisfaction and work/life balance has improved tremendously.”

Dylan – Field Organiser

“I've got a secure job that I love doing, I'm given the freedom and flexibility to make decisions about how I work, and I know that my leaders have my back.”

Masood - Service Desk Analyst

"CPSU is an absolutely great place to work. Working in the IT department is an incredibly rewarding experience for me. The organisation's commitment to supporting its members and employees is evident in every aspect of the job. I have the opportunity to work with a dedicated and knowledgeable team, making my role much more enjoyable. The emphasis on professional growth and development is remarkable, and I was able to enhance my technical skills while contributing to the CPSU's mission."

Our Values

Our union values include solidarity, equity, social justice and respect for others, which are an important part of the CPSU’s own workplace culture.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online, using the online application questionnaire.  

To be considered for employment at the CPSU, candidates must also address the selection criteria for the role.

Prospective candidates can contact Rob Alessi, HR Support, [email protected] if they have a question about the application process.

Advice for applicants

In order to give yourself the best opportunity of securing a role at the CPSU we offer the following general advice:

  • Take the time to read the position description in detail. Take notes and ensure that your application addresses the requirements and responsibilities of the role.
  • We recommend that you prepare your CV and selection criteria response documents before starting the online application questionnaire. 
  • Ensure that you include a response to the selection criteria in your application. During the application questionnaire you will be asked to attach two separate documents, a selection criteria response, and your CV.
  • We recommend that your selection criteria response addresses each criterion separately.