Published: 05/04/2018
Category: Member Benefits
Published: 05/04/2018
Category: Member Benefits

In the bumper April edition of your Member Benefits Update you can read about the ACTU’s upcoming “12 days of action to Change the Rules”, find out about United Voice’s Big Steps campaign, learn how our brains are hardwired financially, get a fantastic deal on hire cars, join our FREE footy tipping competitions plus there is a $100 WISH gift card to be won!

Big Steps Campaign

Photo: Big Steps campaigners at the Melbourne rally on Tuesday 27 March 2018

Money brain barriers

You know the right steps to take with your money; you’re just not taking them. It could be a matter of how your brain is hardwired.

We look at the brain barriers that behavioural science tells us can hold you back from making better use of your money, plus tips on how to retrain your mind to overcome the hurdles.

Think of tomorrow, live for today

As humans we experience “present bias” – the tendency to place more value on what’s happening now than in the future. Studies show, for instance, that people would often rather accept $50 today than wait six months to receive $100.

Present bias is a key reason why we can find it difficult to save. But there are ways to make it more compelling to tuck money away for tomorrow.

Read on for full article


12 days of action to Change the Rules

Thousands of Australians are expected to hit the streets in April and May in a significant escalation to the Change the Rules campaign demanding more secure work and fair pay.

The events will occur in major cities and regional communities across Australia.

People will march, rally and gather in Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra, Wollongong, Adelaide, Cairns, Toowoomba, Sydney, Fremantle, Southport, Sunshine Coast, Maryborough, Brisbane, Townsville, Rockhampton, Mackay, Darwin and Thursday Island with more events being planned in regional centres across the country.

ACTU Secretary, Sally McManus said, “People around the country are ready to take action to change the rules and win more secure jobs and fair pay rises.

“Wherever I go in Australia I hear the same story – we are ready for change and willing to take action to make change.”

We need you to join us.



Check your Super statement

Recent media reports have shone a spotlight on Tax Office estimates of underpayments of $17.1 billion in compulsory super entitlements to Australian workers from 2009 to 2015.

Impacted Australians will end their working lives with lower account balances in their super than they should have. That is potentially a lot of money they won’t have to help them fund their retirements!

The shortchanging by employers has a variety of causes, including company insolvency and the cash economy. Some are accidental, some are by design.  According to Industry Funds Services, which collects unpaid super on behalf of a number of industry funds, many employers put off paying super to help their cash flow – effectively rendering the employees as lenders to the business.

Read on


Car Hire

Need a hire car for work or a holiday?

Book your passenger vehicle through your Member Benefits program to access discounted rentals from popular car hire company, Hertz.

Compare the two great offers* and pick the one that best suits your vehicle need. Choose between set rates all year round with a reduced excess^ or a specially negotiated 10% off the daily price.

Get a quote by visiting Australian Unions Member Benefits or call 1300 853 352 for more information.

If this is the first time you are logging in, you will need to complete a quick registration, then use the email you registered with to log into your benefits website.

*Terms and conditions apply.
^Offer not available on prestige car vehicles including Audi.


The ACTU Footy Tipping Competitions are now underway!

Hey union footy tipsters! The FREE ACTU AFL & NRL footy tipping competitions are currently underway but it’s not too late to join!

There is a total of $2000 in prizes up for grabs with the highest tipster in each competition winning a $1,000 ME EveryDay Transaction Account*.

So union members make sure you go to to either register as a new tipster or reactivate your footy tipping profile from previous years and then click on the links below for either comp.

Handy tip: If you’re reactivating your tipping profile remember to use your username NOT your email address when logging in.

AFL Tipping Comp password is union

NRL Tipping Comp password is union

*Open to residents of Australia who are current financial members of an ACTU affiliated union or, for retirees, who were financial members as of the date of their retirement. For full terms & conditions please visit


AFL Women's Footy Tipping

Winner of the AFL Women’s footy tipping competition announced

Congratulations goes to our number one AFL Women’s footy tipster, Ross ‘Roscoe’ Ball, an ASU member from Victoria, who won the $200 WISH Gift Card with an impressive score of 19 and a margin of 173. Enjoy the $200 shopping spree, Ross!


Sally McManus at the Big Steps rally

ACTU backs fair pay for early childhood educators

The ACTU has voiced its support for 6,500 early childhood educators who walked off the job for fair pay on 27 March.

Thousands of parents kept their children at home in support of the action, which calls for government intervention to ensure fair pay for early childhood educators.

The predominantly female workforce in early childhood education has been systematically undervalued with people in the sector earning as little as $21 per hour.

Read on


Walk all over breast cancer at the 2018 Mother’s Day Classic

Registrations are open for the 2018 Mother’s Day Classic fun run/walk on Sunday 13 May. 

From modest beginnings in 1998, the Mother’s Day Classic has grown into one of Australia’s largest national charity events and has become an integral part of Mother’s Day for thousands of Australians.

ME has proudly supported the Mother’s Day Classic since 2005.


WIN a $100 WISH gift card

Enter the draw to win a $100 WISH gift card this month!

To enter the gift card competition simply email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 27th April 2018.


Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA Raffle

Support the 2018 Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA raffle and stand with workers around the world striving for justice and safe and decent work.

As well as giving you a shot at some great prizes, your support of the raffle is vital to keeping Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA independent, effective and strong.

Tickets are $5 each and there are 10 tickets in a book.

FIRST PRIZE is the opportunity to take the holiday of your dreams with a travel voucher valued at $8,000

SECOND PRIZE is a Gazelle bike valued at $1,899

THIRD PRIZE is a $500 Book Voucher

Buy online

  1. Buy tickets online (and save APHEDA the costs of postage) or;
  2. FREECALL 1800 888 674, fax (02) 9261 1118 or email [email protected]


Member Benefits Update April 2018

Member Benefits Update April 2018