Published: 07/07/2016
Category: Member Benefits
Published: 07/07/2016
Category: Member Benefits

Happy new financial year, dear readers, and wow, what a start to it! As the saying goes, may you live in interesting times!  The July edition of your Member Benefits Update brings you a wrap of our federal election campaign, a great offer for union members on new tyres, a brand new Portfolio Service from IFS, home loan-life balance tips from ME plus, as always, there’s some terrific DVDs to win!


Member Benefits Update July 2016

Happy new financial year, dear readers, and wow, what a start to it! As the saying goes, may you live in interesting times!  The July edition of your Member Benefits Update brings you a wrap of our federal election campaign, a great offer for union members on new tyres, a brand new Portfolio Service from IFS, home loan-life balance tips from ME plus, as always, there’s some terrific DVDs to win!

Photo: Build a Better Future campaigners in the Tasmanian electorate of Bass


Unions salute magnificent work of those behind groundswell of change

The election result is a huge win for the groundswell of ordinary people who want a fair go for all, an equal tax system and decent jobs, education and health care, say unions.

The result symbolises a major  repudiation of the government’s destructive policies over the past three years, says ACTU President, Ged Kearney.

“While the final outcome of the election has not yet been decided, it is clear that Australians have firmly rejected Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal’s big business first approach to government.”

Ms Kearney praised the “secret army” of hard-working union members who worked so hard throughout the campaign: “You have been magnificent — I salute you,” she says.

Read on for full wrap up



Achieving loan-life balance

If you’re buying your first home or upgrading your existing one, it pays to choose the right loan – one with the flexibility to achieve long-term goals while allowing you to live your life.

Payments that fit your life

Don’t be restricted to one-size-fits all repayment options when you can choose a flexible home loan. Match your loan repayment dates with pay days.

Freedom to pay extra

Paying off a bit extra each month can deliver substantial savings on loan interest, but look for a loan that allows fee-free extra repayments.

Read on for more tips



Buy 3 get 1 free on Toyo tyres at

For a limited time only, buy 3 Toyo branded tyres and get 1 more FREE!

The tyres available for this offer are marked with a red ‘Buy 3 get 1 Free’ bubble.

In addition, union members will receive an additional $50 discount* on any other purchase of 4 tyres by using the redemption code ‘ACTU‘ upon checkout.

*Additional $50 discount not available in conjunction with the Buy 3 get 1 Free promotion or any other promotion.

Save money by shopping for your tyres online at With access to over 1,500 fitment centres across Australia, you not only get the best deal, you also get the best local service!

The heavily discounted prices also include free fitting and balancing, free shipping to metro areas, free tyre roadside assistance, free tubeless valves and free tyre disposal.

Save now by visiting 



The Industry Funds Portfolio Service (IFPS)

This new service provides a simple all-in-one online investment and administration solution designed to help you achieve the financial goals you may have outside of superannuation. There are a wide selection of investment models available.

You can view and monitor your investments online at any time. You will also receive a consolidated annual tax statement.

The Industry Fund Portfolio Service is run in accordance with the industry funds’ philosophy of:  “in members’ best interest”.

Want to know more?
Please visit their website and watch the video to learn all about IFPS in less than three minutes, or download the current Product Disclosure Statement (PDS).

Or, call IFPS on 1300 734 496 for more information.


The information in this article is general in nature and has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Before investing in the IFPS you should read the Product Disclosure Document (PDS) available from or by calling 1300 734 496 and consider the appropriateness of any investment for your objectives, financial situation or needs. The fees and costs of the IFPS are set out in the PDS.  We recommend you seek professional financial advice from a licensed financial adviser before investing in any financial product or service.  Industry Fund Services ABN 54 007 016, AFSL 232514 is the Responsible Entity of the IFPS.


Motor Report   

The Motor Report 

Last month we welcomed the Motor Report to the Australian Unions Member Benefits program.  The Motor Report is a car review site which has been established for over 9 years.

When it comes time to buy a new car, has all the information to make your decision easier:

  • Pre arranged savings across small compact cars, SUV’s, 4WD’s, family cars, commercials and also prestige new cars
  • Make your decision easier by being able to compare cars, specs and deals side by side.
  • Over 1000 new car reviews all in the one place.
  • Be able to get an independent review and advice on which is the next new car that will suite you the best.
  • Over 2000 new cars listed with prices, technical specifications, safety features and fuel efficiencies. 
  • Specials exclusive to union members

Be able to make the correct informed decision for you or your family and get a great deal on a new car all in the one place.

So check out the specials exclusive to union members at


New Member Benefits website  

New Member Benefits mobile website – with great offers  

Last month we launched a new mobile friendly version of the secure Australian Unions Member Benefits website – where you can continue to access all of your benefits in one convenient place. 

Our current offers include:

  • Movie vouchers at heavily discounted prices
  • A range of eGift cards
  • Attractions including zoos and aquariums
  • Offers from our partners ME, Crackawines, The Motor Report, Tyresales and Hertz

The new site has been designed to give members a better experience with improved functionality.  This is a free program available to affiliated union members.

Make sure you register now for access to our secure site.



Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA Raffle results

This years’ raffle was a great success.

Union members, union officers and retired union members rallied to the cause of Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA to once again raise over $80,000 towards the great solidarity work that’s carried out in the name of Australia’s union members.

The Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA raffle for 2016 was drawn at the Trades Hall Auditorium, 4 Goulburn St, Sydney on Thursday June 16, 2016 at 5:30pm. Thanks to the Secretary of Unions NSW, Mark Morey, for drawing the winning tickets.

Congratulations to you all, and of course congratulations to our winners this year.

1st prize – $8,000 travel voucher : W Morley (#7664)

2nd prize – Gazelle Bicycle valued at $2,199: P Veivers (#34595)

3rd prize – $500 Gleebooks voucher : J Hennessy (#31707)

Booksellers prize: K Salisbury

Highest ticketseller: W Morley

Consider becoming an APHEDA Global Justice Partner and help make life fair for working people in developing countries.



Win a DVD from Madman!

Enter the draw to win one of three DVD copies of ‘UnIndian‘ or ‘Shooting For Socrates’ that we are giving away to six lucky union members this month!


Beautiful divorcee and single mother of one, Meera is an Australian of Indian origin. Smart and independent, she has carved out a successful life for herself and her daughter… despite family pressure to find ‘a nice Indian match’.

Then Meera meets Will… tall and blonde with a charming smile (legendary cricketer Brett Lee in his first leading dramatic role). But falling in love with an Australian man is not only scandalous – it’s UnIndian!

To win a copy of ‘UnIndian’ email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 29th July 2016.

Shooting For Socrates

Shooting For Socrates is a joyous David and Goliath comedy drama for all ages about life, survival and the beautiful game.

Set against the backdrop of the Irish Troubles, nine year old Tommy learns to make sense of the world through his passion for the beautiful game and his philosophy-loving dock worker father. Meanwhile, the tiny nation’s football team, led by grizzled veteran manager, Billy Bingham, beats the odds to reach the World Cup Finals in Mexico – only to find the toughest possible draw will pit them against the Goliath of world football: Brazil, led by the remarkable politician/intellectual/footballing genius Socrates de Souza.

To win a copy of ‘Shooting For Socrates’ email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 29th July 2016.


The team at Australian Unions

Member Benefits Update July 2016

Member Benefits Update July 2016