Published: 03/02/2016
Category: Member Benefits
Published: 03/02/2016
Category: Member Benefits

From all of us here at Australian Unions we’d like to wish our readers across Australia a very happy 2016 as we welcome you to the first edition of your Member Benefits Update for the year.  Have your say on Penalty Rates, check out our great Build A Better Future online shop, register for our new member benefits app and go in the draw to win an excellent DVD from Madman Entertainment!


Member Benefits Update January/February 2016



Have your say on Penalty Rates

The Fair Work Commission is currently deciding whether or not to protect penalty rates.  The Commissioners now want to hear from you. 

Do you get penalty rates? How would you get by if you lost them? Tell the Fair Work Commission what they mean to you, and why they should be protected.

The Government has submitted its Productivity Commission report to convince the Commissioners to slash penalty rates. And you can bet that employer groups will be getting their members to put in submissions as well.

That’s why we need everyone who needs or cares about penalty rates to speak up.

Personal stories are powerful. They’ve shifted Fair Work Commissioners before, and can do so again.

Use our submission tool to tell the Fair Work Commission what penalty rates mean for working people, before 4pm Friday 17 February 2016.



Demand for residential property to remain strong over next 12 months

Findings from ME’s latest Property Buying Intentions Report

ME’s latest Property Buying Intentions Report indicates demand for residential property may remain strong over the next 12 months despite prudential changes and tightening of lending criteria for some home buyers.

The Report shows a big jump in demand for property by owner occupiers potentially offsetting falling demand by investors, while buyers continue to outnumber sellers.

Read on for full article




‘Build A Better Future’ online shop

The Build A Better Future online shop has been established by the ACTU to give unions and union activists the opportunity to purchase campaign apparel and material.

Apparel on this site is produced in Australia by an ethical clothing manufacturer and complies with the Build A Better Future style guide requirements.

Items have been priced at 1 unit and 100 units respectively.  As this is a retail site it therefore includes GST in the purchase price.

If you are looking to purchase more than 100 units of a particular item we advise that you contact Fiona from Bluegum on (03) 8873 4444 or at [email protected].

Financial transactions are processed through a secure PayPal portal.

Find out more about the campaign and join the fight.




Industry Super funds dominate top 10 list, trumping rivals

Non-Profit Industry superannuation funds trumped their for-profit rivals, new figures show.

And Industry super funds took out the entire top 10 list for best performance in 2015, according to the latest Chant West  annual survey.

The survey compares the performance of all balanced growth funds, and revealed Industry super won out by an average 1.5 per cent, returning 6.7 per cent for members compared with 5.2 per cent for retail funds.

Chant West Director, Mr Warren Chant, said Industry funds deserve their top ranking.

“Over the longer term, industry funds have outperformed retail funds largely because, as a group, they tended to have lower allocations to listed shares during periods when shares under performed,” Mr Chant said.

Read on for full article on Working Life


Hertz Family  

Are you planning a road trip?

For your next holiday why not try out this great Hertz car rental offer for union members:

  • 5% discount off the lowest leisure rates in the Hertz system on passenger vehicles – ranging from the nifty Nissan Micra, to a powerful Ford XR6, to a eco-friendly Toyota Hybrid, or family friendly Toyota Kluger or 8 seater minibus.
  • 10% discount off all Prestige, Fun & Adrenaline Collection vehicles – why not spoil yourself and hire a BMW, Mini Cooper or Toyota 86GTS!
  • Free membership to Hertz No.1 Club Gold , providing you with an express rental experience worldwide.

To access these great rates union members must quote a special Hertz CDP discount offer number. As this is an exclusive offer for unions members to get this number simply head to and request the code via our online form.



Get the new member benefits app in 2016!

During 2015 Australian Unions launched some new and exclusive Member Benefits.

Our program has expanded to now include:

• Discounted movie tickets
• Discounted gift cards for top retailers and attractions
• A discounted accommodation booking site
• Discounted Tyres, Car Hire and wine
• Banking – great Mates Rates from ME
• A new secure member only website and smart phone app

This is a free program available to affiliated union members, with the option to upgrade for access to more benefits.

Click here to register now.



Clock on with Working Life

Working Life is your source for news and views about work, life and everything in between – with regular columns from prominent union leaders, breaking news and in-depth features you won’t read anywhere else.

Clock on for your daily news briefing served fresh each weekday at 8:00am!



Win one of 6 DVDs from Madman!

Enter the draw to win one of 3 copies of both ‘Walking on Sunshine’ and ‘How to Change the World’ that we are giving away to 6 lucky union members this month!

Walking on Sunshine

After a whirlwind romance, Maddie, fresh from a long-term relationship, is preparing to marry gorgeous Raf and has invited her sister Taylor to the wedding in Puglia, Italy. Unbeknownst to Maddie, however, Raf is Taylor’s ex-holiday flame, and the love of her life…and that is just one of the set-backs on their road to happily ever after.

To win a copy of ‘Walking on Sunshine’ email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 26th February 2016.

How to Change the World

In 1971 a group of friends sailed into a nuclear test zone. Their protest captured the world’s imagination.

Using never before seen archival footage that brings their extraordinary journey to life, How to Change the World is an intimate portrait about the pioneers who founded Greenpeace and defined the modern environmental movement. Idealism vs. pragmatism, principle vs. compromise, they agreed that a handful of people could change the world. They just couldn’t always agree on how to do it.

To win a copy of ‘How to Change the World’ email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 26th February 2016.



ACTU National Directory

The 2016 ACTU National Union Directory is available now. The ACTU Directory is a guide to key personnel involved with union affiliates, industrial relations and their partners in government and business. The Directory plays a crucial role in providing essential contacts, references and information.

Copies have already been delivered to all ACTU affiliated unions over January. Additional copies of the Directory are still available, though numbers are limited. The Directory is free to union affiliates or $35 for other organisations. For Directory orders contact [email protected] or call 1300 362 223.


Member Benefits Update January/February 2016

Member Benefits Update January/February 2016