Published: 03/05/2018
Category: Member Benefits
Published: 03/05/2018
Category: Member Benefits

Happy May Day, everyone!  In the May edition of your Member Benefits Update we urge you to join us in our ‘Change the Rules’ days of action, we bring you an exciting opportunity to star in a television commercial, there’s news on the launch of our online shop where you can buy all the latest activist gear, plus there’s three DVD Blue Planet II Boxsets to win!

Photo: Unionists at last month’s Delegates’ Mass Meeting in Melbourne


An Instagram-worthy home equals happiness, says new survey

Three out of four Australians believe a stylish home is the key to personal fulfilment.

Do you aim to make your home Instagram worthy? Dream of having a lounge room that would sit proudly on Pinterest home decor?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, you could be among the 76% of Australians who say the style of their home is important to their happiness and individuality, according to ME’s House Proud Survey completed by a nationally representative sample of 1,000 Australians in February 2018.  

By contrast, only 46% of people see their personal dress style as a source of happiness.

Renters are house proud too, though one in two quite sensibly skip home styling, preferring to put the money towards buying a home of their own.

Read on for full article



Change the Rules – days of action

Thousands of Australians are expected to hit the streets during 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, 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.

We need you to join us.



Want to star in an Industry SuperFund TV ad?

Industry Super Australia are currently running a competition whereby YOU can be the star of their next TV commercial campaign!

To enter the competition, simply re-create the Industry SuperFunds hand symbol in the park, on the beach, in the backyard or wherever else represents YOUR unique Australia.  Post your shot publicly on Facebook or Instagram and include the hashtag #industrysuperfunds.

Posts will be judged on creativity and originality.  So get out there, get creative, and don’t forget to hashtag your post with #industrysuperfunds

Enter as many times as you like!

Naturally, terms and conditions apply.  Open to Australian residents aged 18 years or over.  Competition closes 11:59pm AEST on 9 June 2018. 

Enter now



New exclusive benefit for union members

Member Advantage and Australian Unions are excited to announce our new partnership with The Good Guys Commercial. Giving union members access to over 4000+ discounted products* through your Member Advantage benefits.

Simply register through the Australian Unions Member Benefits website to access fantastic savings with 24-hour access and in-store pickup or delivery options available. Can’t find what you want? The special promotions are updated monthly, so make sure to check next month for new offers.

Visit your Australian Unions Member Benefits website to register and find out more information about your benefits.

*Terms and conditions apply.


Sally McManus with unionists at CtR rally  

ACTU leader visits Far North as polls show mood for change

ACTU Secretary Sally McManus visited Cairns yesterday to launch the Change the Rules campaign in the region.  Ms McManus also addressed a group of local activists on Wednesday evening at a campaign event, after taking part in the CFMMEU Indigenous conference earlier in the day.

Ms McManus’s visit comes as issues polling conducted by Reachtel and the ACTU shows broad support for changes that will deliver more secure jobs and fair pay rises for working Australians.

Read on for full article



Get your ‘Change The Rules’ activist gear here!

We are proud to announce the launch of our brand new online shop where you can purchase all your activist gear.
On offer we have our trademark ‘Change The Rules’ t-shirts for $15 plus bin stickers and badges. 

Wear your union pride to help Change the Rules.

Read on



Join the union team in Melbourne for the Mother’s Day Classic and get a FREE ‘Change the Rules’ t-shirt!

Registrations are still 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.

If you’re in Melbourne and would like to join our union team we are called The Walkers United and we will meet up at the AIST marquee at 9:30am.  If you join our team you will be given a FREE ‘Change The Rules’ t-shirt to wear on the walk. 

For queries on joining the union team and t-shirt sizing, please email Mary Doyle at [email protected]

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



WIN one of three DVD boxsets of Blue Planet II

Blue Planet II takes viewers on a magical adventure across the greatest, yet least known parts of our planet – our oceans.

Since Blue Planet aired in 2001, our understanding of life beneath the waves has completely changed. Travelling from the icy polar seas to the vibrant blues of the coral atolls, Blue Planet II shares these astonishing new discoveries.

Meet the strange octopuses lurking in the depths of the Antarctic ocean. Watch giant trevally fish leap to catch birds in mid-air. And ride on the back of a hammerhead shark as it attacks. Inspiring awe and wonder, this series reveals surprising new places, charismatic new characters and extraordinary new behaviours.

To enter the Blue Planet II DVD boxset competition simply email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 25th May 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 May 2018

Member Benefits Update May 2018