Published: 09/02/2018
Category: Member Benefits
Published: 09/02/2018
Category: Member Benefits

Welcome to 2018. And welcome to your first Australian Unions Member Benefits email for the year.

Workers needs a pay rise, and this year, Australian Unions will be fighting hard to change the rules so working people can get one.

And with record low wage growth, and the cost of living rising, as union members you get access to a few special opportunities to save some money.


Your best investment for 2018

What’s the single smartest investment for the New Year? That’s easy. You.

When it comes to outstanding returns, your ability to land a decent, well-paying job is one of the smartest investments you can make.

So along with New Year resolutions to get fit or quit a bad habit, think about adding “invest in myself” to your 2018 bucket list.

So, how to invest in yourself?

Just as you’d research any other investment you buy into, it’s important to look into the different ways to improve your skill set and value to employers. Here are three possible options to invest in yourself in 2018.

Read on



COST plus $1 on selected tyres at

For a limited time only, purchase selected BF Goodrich and Bridgestone tyres at our fitted cost +$1. Tyres that are available for this offer are marked with a blue ‘our cost +$1′ bubble.

In addition, union members will receive an extra 10% off on any set* of tyres purchased by using the redemption code ‘ACTU2018’ 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% off not available in conjunction with any other promotion.



Review your health insurance before 1st April increase

As a Member Advantage member, you can access a great range of additional benefits when you join HCF as a corporate member. For starters, if you’re one of the first 50 to join Hospital and Extras before 15 March 2018, you’ll receive a $100 EFT reward for Couples or Family Cover or a $50 EFT reward for Singles Cover!

Other immediate benefits that you will be entitled to as a Hospital and Extras corporate member include: enjoying an extra discount on HCF’s already reduced corporate rate, 100% back on selected extras up to your annual limit, and the ability to claim for a range of health, well-being and prevention programs. Additionally, after 12 months on your extras cover, you can claim more with ‘Limit Boost’ and enjoy an increase on your annual limit on dental and optical every year, up to year six.

Visit Australian Unions Member Benefits to find out more or call 1800 007 654.



ACTU Secretary Sally McManus’ statement on the Batman by-election

Ged Kearney has represented working people as a nurse delegate, as an elected official of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, as the President of the ACTU and she now embarks on a new chapter in a bid to represent working people in the Australian parliament.

A passionate advocate for social justice, workers’ rights, a better environment and a better standard of living, Ged Kearney is a respected national leader who will be able to advance the interests of the people of Batman and the broader Australian community in federal parliament as no-one else could.

Read on



“You should join your union”

Australian Unions have produced a cute reenactment animation of a conversation recently overheard on a train.

Head to our Facebook page to watch the animation now and feel free to ‘Like’, comment and share it around!

A union is only as strong as its members.  Join today.



Company tax cuts put corporate profits ahead of people

The Coalition’s planned $65 billion tax cut for corporations will come at the expense of working Australians, ACTU Secretray, Sally McManus has warned.

“This unnecessary and expensive corporate handout comes at the expense of government investment into schools, hospitals and community services. It takes the tax dollars of working Australians and shovels them into the coffers of big business. You have to wonder if there is any limit to their greed.” Sally said.

Read on for full article



ACTU/ME Bank AFL Women’s tipping competition

Great news, Footy Tipsters! We now have a footy tipping competition for the Women’s AFL and you can join FREE today!  The tipster with the most points and smallest margin at the end of Round 7 will take home the prize of a $200 WISH Gift Card, courtesy of ME Bank, as long as that person can prove their financial membership of an ACTU affiliated union, or if retired, proove their financial status at the time of retirement.

Join today!  It is FREE entry and there is no password to join.



Vale Andrew Casey

The ACTU expresses our sorrow and condolences on behalf of everyone in the Australian union movement to the family and loved ones of Andrew Casey, who passed away suddenly on Thursday 1st February.

After starting his working life as a boilermaker’s assistant, Andrew transitioned into the media, working as a reporter covering industrial relations and education for the Fairfax newspapers in Australia and London, before taking a communications position at the ACTU under Bill Kelty, where he worked for nearly a decade.

He served the movement in subsequent roles at the Australian Workers Union, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, the Australian Nurses and Midwives Foundation and the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union (now United Voice).

Read on

Photo of Andrew courtesy of Mark Phillips, MEAA



Win one of three Village/Event Cinemas double passes to the movies

Enter the draw to win one of three double passes to the movies at Village/Event cinemas that we are giving away to three lucky union members in February!

To win a double pass please email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 23rd February 2018.

These double passes are valid at Village, Event, Greater Union and Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinemas across Australia.

Please note: Tickets not valid after 5pm on Saturday nights. Not valid for special events.



2018 ACTU National Directory

The 2018 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 will be delivered to all ACTU affiliated unions during mid-February 2018.  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 486 466.


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Member Benefits Update Jan/Feb 2018

Member Benefits Update Jan/Feb 2018