Published: 04/07/2018
Category: Member Benefits
Published: 04/07/2018
Category: Member Benefits

In the July edition of your Member Benefits Update we look at simple ways to put this year’s tax refund to good use, there’s info on ways to complement your super, we have a great winter holiday offering, plus you can go in the draw to win a $100 WISH gift card!

Member Benefits Update July 2018


Save or splurge? Put your tax refund to good use

How good is tax time? In exchange for a few hours filling out your tax return, you could receive a handy refund cheque. And with a bit of planning, you could make the tax man’s refund go a lot further.

Receiving any lump sum of cash can make a spot of retail therapy look very appealing. But there is a whole range of clever strategies that can give you more bang for your tax refund buck. Try one – or all – of our suggestions below to maximise the value of this year’s tax refund.

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When there’s room for other investments to complement your super

The tax benefits associated with superannuation make it a clear winner when it comes to building wealth over the long term. However, it isn’t available to everyone. Some people are no longer able to contribute to superannuation while others are still working but have reached the concessional contributions cap and can no longer make tax effective contributions to superannuation. 

There are many options available for your non-super investment needs but some important issues need to be considered before investing.

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Book your winter holiday through your Member Benefits program

Planning to get away for winter? Whether you are heading to the snow or traveling to a warmer destination, your Australian Unions Member Benefits program can help you transform your holiday.

Save up to 60% by booking your accommodation through “Hotel Bookings”, offering hotels, villas and resorts in thousands of locations worldwide.*

Simply enter the special password found at Australian Unions Member Benefits, to discover the exclusive specials available. Offers change depending on availability, so book your accommodation today. 

Please note; to access the special password you will first need to register online with Australian Unions Member Benefits, if you haven’t done so already.

*Terms and conditions apply, savings dependent on availability and location.


Stacey & William

Photo: Stacey and William work in retail and hospitality respectively and are affected by the Turnbull Government’s penalty rate cuts 


Turnbull’s second round of unfair penalty rates cuts hits workers

From Sunday 1st July people working under the hospitality, fast food, pharmacy and restaurant awards face pay cuts as the second round of penalty rate cuts under the Turnbull Government hits.

People working in hospitality and fast food will lose 10 percent of their penalty for working Sunday, people in pharmacies and retail will lose 15 percent of their Sunday rates from July 1.

On the same day, Malcolm Turnbull and his ministers received pay rises of up to $10,000 each.

ACTU Secretary Sally McManus said, “The Turnbull Government is cutting the pay of 700,000 people who rely on penalty rates at the same time as they’re delivering tax handouts to big business.

“This isn’t fair. The money that Turnbull is handing to big business is coming out of our hospitals, schools, childcare centres and community services.”

Watch our Facebook video recorded on 1st July



A great deal on Movie Tickets for the school holidays

Want to get a great deal on movie tickets these school holidays? Union members can make big savings on movie tickets by using our movie vouchers.  

Just head to and click on the ‘Entertainment’ tab to access the union member discount.


Job Vacancies  

Jobs with the union movement

Check out the union roles currently on offer on the ACTU Job Vacancies web page.  There is a variety of positions vacant, from Organiser roles to Communications, Training and everything in between.

So if you’re in the market for a great union job see what’s on offer today.


2018 APHEDA Raffle   

2018 APHEDA Raffle Results 

Congratulations to everyone who supported the 2018 APHEDA Raffle. You are all winners for standing with workers around the world striving for justice and safe and decent work. Of course, a special congratulations to our three winners from the barrel. 

1st prize – $8,000 travel voucher: 

  • T Zadkovich NSW (#10225)

2nd prize – Gazelle CitiZen Bicycle:

  • C Smith VIC (#17140)

3rd prize – $500 Gleebooks’ voucher:

  • G Dolphin (#04090)

Booksellers prize: 

  • L Howie NSW

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WISH gift card


WIN a $100 WISH Gift Card this month!

Enter the draw to win a $100 WISH gift card that we are giving away to one lucky union member this month.

You can use the WISH gift card at all Woolies stores and their subsidiaries such as Big W, Dan Murphy’s, Caltex and BWS.  Best of all, there is no expiry date either! 

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


ACTU Congress 2018


ACTU Congress 2018

In just under two weeks over 800 delegates representing workers from every industry and sector in Australia will attend the ACTU Congress at Brisbane Convention Centre on Tuesday 17th July 2018 and Wednesday 18th July 2018.

This is the largest and most important gathering of Australian Unions and it sets the Union agenda for the next three years. Delegates will debate and vote on policies regarding the workplace, rights and campaigns to improve wages, conditions and the standard of living for Australian workers and their families.

The ACTU thanks all sponsors and partners for their support of the 2018 ACTU Congress. 

Find out more about ACTU Congress 


Member Benefits Update July 2018

Member Benefits Update July 2018