Published: 05/10/2017
Category: Member Benefits
Published: 05/10/2017
Category: Member Benefits

Is it really October already?!  My goodness, 2017 has flown by…  this month we bring you some great tips on how to reduce food waste, there’s our ‘Change the Rules’ survey to take,  we have news on the ramped up attacks on Industry Super, a special discount for union members on travel insurance plus there is a great giveaway from OZflix to win!


Tips from ME on how to save money on food and reduce waste

This is crazy. One in two Australian households say they have no cash to spare at the end of each month – yet we collectively toss out up to $10 billion in food each year . That makes it time to embrace ways to save money on food and cut back waste.

The rising cost of essentials is the number one concern for two out of five Australian households. But food rescue group OzHarvest say we throw out $1,036 worth of groceries each year . It makes saving money on food a smart way to keep more cash in our hip pocket.drop in financial confidence reflects a trifecta of factors.

Read on for some great tips from our friends at ME  



Take the “Change the Rules” survey

This is your chance to tell us what rules at work need to change to make our workplaces fair.

This short survey will take you about five minutes, it’s confidential and it will help us build a powerful people-powered movement to change the rules for workers across this country.

Tell us about your priorities. Our demands will be built by working people, by thousands of unions members like you having your say. Change only comes from the bottom up, our movement will need to involve all of us to swing the pendulum back.

Once you have done the survey, forward to five of your mates and ask them to do it too. If they are not members yet, we will ask them to join us.

The survey is open now and will close on 1 December 2017.



Govt attacks on Industry Super ramp up

The Government has stepped up their attacks on industry super funds who are run only to profit members and supported by both Unions and employer groups. On September 14th 2017 the Federal Government introduced a range of bills relating to superannuation including changes to super fund governance, which would change the nature of the industry funds’ representative model. The equal representative model of employer and member representatives on boards has been a proven success, delivering strong returns to members. These proposed legislative changes seek to dismantle this successful model. Industry SuperFunds oppose this change.

Other changes include legislation to close a legal loophole that allows employers to shortchange employees who make extra salary sacrifice super contributions. Closing this loophole is a welcome step that shows progress is being made to tackle widespread Super Guarantee non-compliance, but a more comprehensive approach is necessary given the salary sacrifice changes will only help 16 % of those affected by unpaid superannuation.

Read on for further information

Visit the ‘Banks Aren’t Super’ website



Our Member Benefits program helps you save!

Australian Unions partnership with Member Advantage can save you money. There is a great range of Member Benefits for union members including insurance, car hire, accommodation, movie vouchers, gift cards, shopping and much, much more.

If you have not already registered for our benefits through Member Advantage the registration process just takes a minute and you will get instant access to a great range of benefits.

Check out all the great benefits available by visiting and start saving today!



Relax on your next trip with exclusive travel insurance discounts

There is always a risk attached when travelling, regardless if you are going overseas or interstate. Lost passports and luggage, missing a flight due to unforeseen events, medical emergencies or even natural disaster evacuations are never predictable.

Avoid any problems caused from unexpected events disturbing your trip by ensuring you have the right travel insurance.

In an exclusive partnership with Member Advantage, Chubb Travel Insurance offers union members 10% off their travel insurance premiums. With four different insurance plans covering both overseas and domestic*, it is easy to find the insurance that suits you and your travel needs.

To access this benefit and many 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 and conditions apply



WIN an account from OzFlix

Enter the draw to win a $100 Ozflix account that we are giving away to one lucky union member this month!

Ozflix is a movie streaming platform like no other, it is new, on demand, and all Australian. Ozflix is committed to making Aussie films easily accessible through the highest quality streaming technologies available.

Check out the great range of Australian films, from blockbusters and latest releases to the classics. Movies like Balibo, Bran Nue Dae, The Castle, The Dish, Kenny, Mad Max (all 4 films), Muriel’s Wedding, Newsfront, Proof, Red Dog, Samson and Delilah, Walkabout, Wake In Fright plus restored classics from the National film and sound archive. Most movies have a pay per download fee of $3.79 with latest releases $6.79.

Sign up to Ozflix Save 50% for first month

And as an added bonus our friends at Ozflix have a special offer for union members – get 50% off your movies for the first month. Simply use the promo code UNIONS at the checkout. Check the Ozflix website for full terms and conditions.

To enter the competition just email [email protected]  with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 27th October 2017.



Photo: L-R Mary Doyle from ACTU, Rosemary Kelly, MSAV Secretary, Carol Timmins, MSAV member and Deneille Sutton from ME in Melbourne last month


Meet our NRL footy tipping winner!

Our NRL footy tipping competition winner, Carol Timmins, a Medical Scientist’s Association of Victoria (MSAV) member from Melbourne, who tipped a solid 134 with a margin of 353 points, has received $1,000 into her new Everyday Transaction Account from ME last month.

When quizzed about her NRL tipping prowess, Carol told us that she had no real system, apart from always tipping Melbourne Storm to win!

The winner of the AFL tipping comp was George Phelps, a retired CEPU member from Sydney, who was sailing off on a cruise in September and was unable to be take part in this photo opportunity.  George won with a fantastic score of 138 with a margin of 617 at the end of the AFL home and away season.  

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

Also, how great is it that a Victorian won the NRL tipping and a New South Welshman won the AFL tipping?!

Don’t forget we’re back in 2018!



ACTU Secretary’s address to Senate Committee

Last week, ACTU Secretary Sally McManus, addressed the Senate Committee on the Turnbull Government’s proposed “Ensuring Integrity” Legislation in Melbourne at Parliament House of Victoria.

“This is an extreme and dangerous bill.” Sally said.

“It is opposed in the strongest possible terms by all affiliates of the ACTU.

This bill is all about double standards. It ensures there is one set of laws for those big corporations, many who are donors to the LNP, who will face little scrutiny and minimal enforcement, and another set of more onerous and harsh laws for working people and their unions.”

Read on for full address


Member Benefits Update Oct 2017

Member Benefits Update Oct 2017