Published: 02/02/2017
Category: Member Benefits
Published: 02/02/2017
Category: Member Benefits

From all of us here at Australian Unions Member Benefits we’d like to wish our readers a very happy 2017 as we welcome you to the first edition of your Member Benefits Update for the year.  Grab a great deal on new tyres for your car, find out about the scourge of unpaid Super, pick up an ACTU Directory and go into the draw to win one of three Hoyts double passes!


Member Benefits Update January/February 2017



Is generosity putting your retirement at risk?

When we think of all the things that could get in the way of a quality retirement one factor is often overlooked: our children.

Retirement holds plenty of promise, but along with concerns over personal health, the need to care for aged parents or just manage the cost of living, there is another ‘X’ factor that can derail the best laid plans – and that’s our kids.

It turns out plenty of young adults are taking a leaf from The Big Bang Theory’s Howard Walowitz by settling into the parental nest for the long haul. In fact, government figures show around one in three young adults aged 18-34 still live in the family home.

Read on




Cost + $1 on Bridgestone Tyres at

For a limited time only, purchase any Bridgestone passenger, 4×4 & SUV tyres at our fitted cost plus $1.

The tyres available for this offer are marked with a blue ‘Our Cost + $1’ bubble.

In addition, union members will receive an additional 10% off * on any other purchase of tyres by using the redemption code ‘UNIONS‘ upon checkout. 

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

*Additional 10% discount not available in conjunction with the cost + $1 promotion or any other promotion.



Dave Oliver resigns from the ACTU

After thirty years of working for the Australian union movement, and as ACTU Secretary for the past 5 years, Dave Oliver has recently resigned to spend more time with his family. 

“I am extremely proud to have spent my working life improving and protecting living standards for workers and their families” Dave said.

“Now is the time for renewal at the ACTU, with a new generation of highly skilled, diverse and motivated leaders each of whom are capable of fulfilling a critical leadership role.

This has not been an easy decision for me. I have taken it because the time is right for both the ACTU and myself.”

Read Dave Oliver’s statement in full




Workers are missing out on Super

Around 2.4 million or almost one third of Australian workers eligible for super are missing out on some or all of their entitlements, and little is being done about it, a new report reveals.

Under the Superannuation Guarantee (SG) employers must contribute 9.5 per cent into the super account of every worker over the age of 18 earning $450 a month.

But, using official ATO and ABS data, Industry Super Australia and Cbus have conservatively calculated that rogue employers are dodging compulsory superannuation payments to the tune of $3.6 billion a year (2013-2014). This equates to $1,489 or almost four months of super for the average worker affected.

Industry Super Australia chief executive, David Whiteley, says: “It is disturbing that nearly one third of workers eligible for SG are being short-changed”.

Read on for full article




Planning a road trip holiday?

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, 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 Ford Mustang
  • Free membership to Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Program , providing you with an express rental experience worldwide.

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



Vale Dr Carolyn Allport

NTEU General Secretary, Grahame McCulloch, pays tribute to the union’s first elected President, Dr Carolyn Allport, who sadly passed away on 16 January 2017.

“Carolyn was known as a strong voice for university values (including academic freedom), a passionate advocate for the rights of women, a dedicated campaigner for recognition of, and restorative action for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and a life-long supporter of social justice and the labour movement.  She was an active and often boisterous contributor to ACTU debate and policy making, and maintained a critical but deeply collaborative relationship with senior Labor Party ministers and spokespeople up to and including the Prime Minister.”

Read the full obituary




Win one of three HOYTS double passes to the movies

Enter the draw to win one of three double passes to the movies at HOYTS cinemas that we are giving away this month!

To win a HOYTS double pass please email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 24th February 2017.

Please note: the double passes are not valid at Hoyts Cinemas after 5pm on a Saturday.



ACTU National Directory

The 2017 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 December 2016. 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.


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Member Benefits Update Jan/Feb 2017

Member Benefits Update Jan/Feb 2017