Now Hiring: ITF Inspector, Port Hedland

Published: 19 Dec 2022

Vacant Position (ITF Inspector Port Hedland) - ITF Inspectorate, Australia.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is currently seeking to fill a vacant Inspector position within its Australian Inspectorate.

Based in Port Hedland - covering other Western Australian Ports as required - this position will be a fulltime role, duties of which are detailed in the ITF Inspector Role Description document (attached)

  • The Inspectors role is to promote the goals and objectives of the Flags of Convenience (FOC), Ports of Convenience (POC) and other campaigns as determined by the ITF Fair Practices Committee (FPC) 
  • This position will be a full-time role - based in Port Hedland- but will cover other Western Australian ports as required.   


The Inspector’s role is to promote the goals and objectives of the Flags of Convenience (FOC), Ports of Convenience (POC) and other campaigns as determined by the ITF Fair Practices Committee (FPC).


Main Objectives

  • Assist crew engaged on FOC vessels and other flag vessels as required, in relation to their employment conditions.
  • Encourage the application of ITF collective bargaining agreements on board and to ensure compliance
  • Assist where required, in the POC and other campaigns
  • Support union/s organising campaigns where required.

Specific Duties

In accordance with ITF standard operating procedures:
  • Conduct inspections on FOC vessels in relation to crew employment conditions and related matters
  • Provide advice and other support and assistance to FOC crew
  • Represent crew, where required, to ship owners/managers/employers
  • Encourage the application of ITF approved collective bargaining agreements on FOC vessels
  • Monitor on-board compliance with ITF approved collective bargaining agreements
  • Complete ship inspection and other activity reports
  • Develop effective working relationships with local port stakeholders including for example, the local port authority, port state control, ship’s agents, stevedoring companies, seafarer welfare centres, local port trade unions and the maritime community
  • Subject to approval from the flag state affiliated union, represent crew of national flag carrier to ship owners/managers where required
  • Participate as required in other FOC/POC and other organising and campaign activities
  • Promote the application of international minima, in particular, the ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006, ILO core labour standards, the ILO Work in Fishing Convention (where appropriate) and relevant IMO instruments
  • Educate seafarers and where appropriate other maritime workers about the benefits of trade unions and empower them to take steps to help themselves
  • Generally promote and ensure greater awareness of the ITF
  • Production of activity reports and other reports and information as may be required.

Personal Preferred Skills & Experience

  • Operational experience in a trade union capacity, either as an experienced workplace representative or as an employed union official
  • The ability to develop effective working relationships with a wide range of people at different levels and from different cultural and language backgrounds and to negotiate with and influence them, using a consultative approach
  • Sound leadership and motivational skills
  • The ability at all times to exercise discretion, diplomacy, judgement and initiative
  • Sound knowledge of the Maritime Industry
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills including numerical skills
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to work under pressure
  • Commitment to social justice and to trade unions
  • Sound IT skills, particularly in the application of databases
  • At least 2 years as a union member

*The post-holder will remain an employee of their affiliated union during their time as an ITF Inspector and when taking up their position should not hold any official union position.


Please send a covering letter addressed to ITF Inspectorate, along with your CV to

To be received no later than Friday 13th January 2023.

Once all applications have been considered, successful candidates will be advised of dates and times for interviews.

In accordance with the Inspectorate Review process, chosen candidates will be identified through an interview process.


Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney