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AFTINET vacancy - Trade Justice Communications Campaigner

Posted 21 Jun 2017 12:00PM

The Australian Government has announced they will start bilateral trade talks with Peru and Hong Kong, meaning Australia is now participating in 10 free trade negotiations this year.

AFTINET will be monitoring all these agreements for their human rights, labour rights and environmental impacts. It's a big job! Now recruiting for a Trade Justice Communications Campaigner.

The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) is a network of community groups and individuals that campaigns for fair trade based on human rights, labour rights and environmental sustainability (see This is an exciting opportunity if you have web-based communication and graphic design skills and are passionate about human rights, the environment and trade justice. 

The position is part-time for 21 hours or three days per week, on a fixed-term contract, with the potential of further contracts dependent on funding.  

The pay package is $40.38 per hour, which includes compensation for annual leave loading and superannuation. Flexible working arrangements can be negotiated. 

The focus of the campaigns is the social and environmental impact of trade agreements, including attempts to revive the failed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, and proposed agreements like the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the Trade in Services Agreement and bilateral agreements.


The Trade Justice Communications Campaigner works with the AFTINET working group and convener to:

  • monitor media and social media for relevant material;

  • draft and schedule articles and graphics on the AFTINET website, Facebook and Twitter;

  • produce regular AFTINET bulletins for members and shorter news wraps for supporters;

  • draft and use graphic design to produce short leaflets on specific topics;

  • keep membership records and communicate with members;

  • assist in preparing media releases and written policy submissions to government or other bodies;

  • assist with briefing documents for politicians;

  • organize public meetings and fundraising events;

  • assist in identifying and pursuing funding;

  • take account of EEO, WHS and cultural diversity in doing the tasks listed above.


  • commitment to human rights and trade justice principles;

  • excellent written and verbal communication skills;

  • ability to work as part of a team, represent agreed policy positions and meet deadlines;

  • skills and demonstrated experience in using word processing, website, database, layout and graphic design software;

  • skills and demonstrated experience using social media for advocacy and campaigning, including web-based petitions, memes and graphics on websites, Twitter and Facebook;

  • basic understanding of trade agreements, Australia's trade policy and how they relate to human rights and environment issues;

  • knowledge of political and government structures and policy processes; 

  • commitment and capacity to implement EEO, WHS and cultural diversity practices.

Applications must address the selection criteria and contain telephone and email contact details for two referees.  

Please send your application by post or email by close of business, Monday July 10, 2017 to

Lesley GruitChair, AFTINET selection committee
128 Chalmers Street
Surry Hills 2010