23/10/2017 8:38 PM AEDT | Updated 23/10/2017 8:39 PM AEDT

Adviser To Bill Shorten Quits Over 'Blackface' Photo

A 10-year-old photo has landed a staffer of Labor leader Bill Shorten in hot water.

Steve Michelson has quit Bill Shorten's office following the emergence of a picture of him with blackface.

An adviser to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has quit over a Facebook post in which he appears with a painted blackface.

Steve Michelson, who has advised Mr Shorten for six years on stakeholder relations, had been considering a parliamentary career.

The Facebook photo was taken at a 2007 party, but is understood to have been shopped around by Mr Michelson's Labor factional opponents in recent months.

A spokesman for Mr Shorten said the conduct was "clearly unacceptable and out of character for Mr Michelson, who was a valued and diligent staff member".

Mr Michelson has admitted the behaviour was inappropriate.