Happy September, Comrades!  This month we kick off with news on the ACTU / ME 2017 Footy Tipping competitions, handy tips on saving on household essentials from ME, there’s a great offer from Tyresales.com.au, plus there’s two terrific DVDs from Madman to win!


Quick tips to save on household essentials from ME

ME’s 12thHousehold Financial Comfort Report revealed that cost of necessities is the biggest worry for 44% of Australian households.

That’s understandable as these expenses can eat up a large chunk of our income. Below are a few quick tips to save on household essentials:

Go Sherlock on your spending

Investigate what you spend your money on and identify if anything could be cut out – this could be anything from coffee and restaurant meals to dry cleaning and hair colouring. Question what you buy and where you shop – could you be getting a better deal? Set a budget on costs and stick to it. ASIC’s TrackMySPEND app is a good way to keep track of your personal expenses on the go.

Read on for more tips



ACTU / ME Footy Tipping 2017 update

We are pleased to announce the winner of the ACTU / ME AFL Footy Tipping Competition is George Phelps, a retired CEPU member from Sydney. George won with a fantastic score of 138 with a margin of 617 at the end of the AFL home and away season.  George will receive $1,000 into an Everyday Transaction Account from ME.  Hearty congratulations, George!

The NRL competition first place getter was Carol Timmins, but unfortunately we have been unable to get a response from Carol in order to verify her union membership status. If anyone knows Carol Timmins from our NRL Footy Tipping Competition please tell her to contact the ACTU post haste as there is $1,000 awaiting her! 

A big thank you to all the union member tipsters and also to ME for providing the prize money.

Don’t forget we’re back in 2018!

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Heading away? See more of Australia for less

When booking accommodation for your next trip, don’t forget to book your rental car as well! As a member of the Australian Union, you have access to the Member Advantage benefits program with great negotiated deals* across a range of Hertz rental vehicles.

Choose between two exclusive deals with HERTZ:

  1. Excess reduced to $700 within Australian and a set corporate rate; or
  2. 10% off the daily base rate for your vehicle.

So, whether you are travelling for work, a professional development or a holiday, discover how you could save!

To access this offer and more, log in with the email you used to register at the Member Advantage website. If it is your first-time logging in, you will need to click the register button on the right and select your union from the list.

*Terms & Conditions may apply.



Buy 3 Yokohama Geolander^ tyres and get 1 free at Tyresales.com.au

For a limited time only, buy 3 Yokohama Geolanderˆ tyres and get 1 more FREE at Tyresales!

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 $100 off on any set* of TOYO branded tyres by using the redemption code ‘TOYO2017‘ upon checkout. 

Save money by shopping for your tyres online at Tyresales.com.au. 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 Tyresales.com.au 

ˆOffer available while stocks last on selected Yokohama Geolander 4WD products (G051, G055, G056, G012, G015, G001, and RV02)

* Applicable on 16” rim sizes and above only. Additional $100 off not available in conjunction with any other promotion.



Industry Super Funds lead the way in member satisfaction

Guess what? When it comes to superannuation not only do the banks deliver lower returns, but people are less satisfied with them.  Why are for-profit banks in super anyway?  They should not cream money from our retirement incomes.

Read on for full article



Help promote Member Benefits to your members

All union members have free access to a great range of Member Benefits through the Australian Unions website. Affiliated unions and delegates can help members access these benefits by providing information in union newsletters and websites. We have marketing material and text for websites and newsletters available here:

For more information or marketing assistance contact Member Benefits on 1300 362 223 or email [email protected]



Win a DVD from Madman!

Enter the draw to win one of three DVD copies of ‘Zero Days’ or ‘Art and Soul – Series Two‘ that we are giving away to six lucky union members this month!

Zero Days

ZERO DAYS tells the story of Stuxnet, a self-replicating computer malware, known as a “worm” for its ability to burrow from computer to computer on its own. The USA and Israel unleashed the virus to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target. It’s the most comprehensive accounting to date of how a clandestine mission hatched by two allies with clashing agendas opened forever the Pandora’s Box of cyber-warfare.

To win a copy of ‘Zero Days‘ email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 29th September 2017.

Art and Soul – Series Two

A diverse group of outstanding contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists reveal to pre-eminent curator Hetti Perkins how their art practice is driven by culture and heritage, political and personal preoccupations, dreams and imagination. Using the National Gallery of Australia’s extraordinary Indigenous collection as the springboard, we travel with Hetti through cities and desert communities, museums and artists’ private spaces, to experience the diversity and beauty of the art, and to learn of its genesis.

To win a copy of ‘Art and Soul – Series Two’ email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 29th September 2017.


The team at Australian Unions 

Date Published: 08/09/2017 Category: Member Benefits

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