Affiliates - ACTU Australian Unions
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Which is the union for you?


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“The important thing about being in the union is to have people who represent you for fair wages and fair workplaces. Times are pretty tough where people are in some pretty difficult situations and the union is just that bigger voice to help support you.”

Lisa Erskine, spinning mill worker and member of the Textile, Clothing & Footwear Union


The Australian Unions joining service provides advice and referral for Australian workers. No matter what kind of job you do or who you work for, you have the right to be represented by a union.

Sign up online or contact us by phone and we make sure you join the right union for your occupation and industry. To join, call Australian Unions on 1300 4 Union (1300 486 466) or join online today.

How does it work?
Each union in Australia specialises in providing support and representation for its members according to their occupation, industry, employer and/or location. This means that there are many unions, each with their own way of best advocating for their membership. While there is a union for everyone, sometimes it is hard to know the right one. The Australian Unions joining service takes the guesswork out of finding your union.

What happens next?
When you join online or over the phone, your application details are collected and one of our Australian Unions staff will take care of finding out which union has coverage of your job. As soon as union coverage is confirmed, your application details will be securely transferred to your union.

How much does it cost?
Unions charge different fees based on your wage level and the industry you work in. An average full-time salary earner will pay around $10 per week, but this does vary. The fees that apply to your membership will be explained to you during the joining process. Union fees are fully tax deductible and you will either receive a statement at the end of the financial year, or can use your credit card or debit account statements when filing your tax return.

Can I join the ACTU?
No, the ACTU is not a registered union. The ACTU is the peak union body that represents the interests of working Australians and their families at a national level. It cannot represent individual workers on industrial issues.

What happens next?
When you join online or over the phone, your application details are collected and one of our Australian Unions staff will take care of finding out which union has coverage of your job. As soon as union coverage is confirmed, your application details will be securely transferred to your union.
Participating unions
Australian Unions has been set up by the Australian Council of Trade Unions in co-operation with many affiliated unions. Contact Australian Unions to find out more. 
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