Published: 03/04/2019
Category: Member Benefits
Published: 03/04/2019
Category: Member Benefits

In the April edition of your Member Benefits Update we look at a phenomenom known as ‘bank-xiety’ and what you can do to alleviate it, there’s an update on the 2019 Federal Budget, we have some great union member deals on Health Insurance and movie tickets, find out how you can volunteer for our Change the Rules events, you can join our FREE footy tipping competitions plus there is a $100 WISH gift card to be won!

Member Benefits Update April 2019

Photo: Change the Rules campaigners at an Election Kick-Off event in Queensland recently


Five signs you have ‘bank-xiety’

If you’re worried about your current bank, you’re not alone. 94% of Australians are worried that the big banks aren’t acting in their best interests.

Half of all Australians feel more negatively about banks after the Royal Commission and 85% think the treatment of customers by some banks was poor, according to a survey of 1,000 Australian adults that ME conducted in February 2019 – just after the Financial Services Royal Commission delivered its final report. 

ME has coined the term ‘bank-xiety’ to describe these findings. Australians have always had a level of ambivalence towards banks, but the level of distrust uncovered by the survey is extreme.

But according to ME’s survey, only 14% of Australians are proactively doing something about the bank-xiety – admitting they have or are in the process or switching to a bank they trust – while 37% had not considered acting on their distrust, and 48% said they’d thought about or started doing research but hadn’t pursued it further.

Read on for the five signs you may have bank-xiety



Change the Rules election kick-off events

Our Election Kick-Off events have well and truly kicked off around the country last month, but we still have a ways to go.

If the following are your federal electorates please come along, join us and help Change the Rules!

Click on the following links: 

With the federal election almost upon us it is more important than ever to have Change the Rules supporters in their communities talking to voters about why we need to change the government to Change the Rules. 

On Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 of April volunteers across Australia will be knocking on doors in their communities as part of the National Door Knock.

Sign up to join a team of volunteers, or to help organise an activity in your local area.



Industry Fund Services Royal Commission update

In the wake of the Hayne Royal Commission into Financial Services, there’s been wide focus on the professional conduct and standards of financial planners and the organisations they represent.

Greed was present in all the scandals played out before Kenneth Hayne and his royal commission. Charging the dead, billing customers for no service and taking advantage of the most vulnerable and the unemployed. These were all common factors within the banking sector. Superannuation funds had a much better outcome. But their financial planners are, however, being questioned.
In January this year, a new regime came into play to raise the education, training and ethical standards of planners and ensure clients’ interests are protected. The standards are governed by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA).

Read on



Live better with Member Advantage

Health insurance reforms are effective from 1 April with changes like categorised hospital covers and inclusion of travel benefits.

Member Advantage have partnered with HCF to bring union members discounted corporate premiums and more*.

Get a quote through your Australian Unions Member Benefits website.  If you’ve already signed up for our program, simply log in with the email you used to register.

If it is your first-time logging in, you will need to click here to register, choose ‘ACTU – Australian Unions’ from the drop down box (if your union isn’t already listed) and complete a short sign-up form.

*Terms and conditions apply.



Great deals on movie tickets

Keen to get a great deal on movie tickets these school holidays?  Taking the family to see the movies can be an expensive business these days but not if you’re a union member!  Members can make huge savings by using our great value movie vouchers.  Check out all the options on our website today!



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, Richard Kottek, a retired AMWU member from Victoria, who won the $200 WISH Gift Card with an impressive score of 25 and a margin of 148. Enjoy the $200 shopping spree, Richard!



Morrison budget fails test on wages, fairness

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s pre-election sales pitch has failed to deliver fair pay rises or a fair go for working people.
The six-year trickle-down fantasy continued with Josh Frydenberg promising 3.5 percent pay rises by 2021-22, without detailing any plan to deliver them.

If working people had actually received the pay rises the coalition has been promising since 2013 we’d be on average $4000 richer, the Centre for Future Work found this week.
Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg have maintained their plan to undermine progressive taxation, with their tax plan putting people on $200,000 a year in the same tax bracket as those earning $45,000 from 2024.

ACTU President, Michele O’Neil said “This budget fails the fairness test. It’s a cynical attempt to buy votes, but Morrison and Frydenberg are giving with one hand and taking away with the other.”

Read on


Job Vacancies  

Work for the union movement and help Change the Rules!

There are some terrific union roles currently listed on the ACTU Job Vacancies web page.  A variety of positions are available, from Organiser roles to Admin, Communications, Training and everything in between.

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



Register for the 2019 Mother’s Day Classic

Registrations are open for the 2019 Mother’s Day Classic fun run/walk on Sunday 12 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’d like to join our union team in Melbourne on the big day, our team is called ‘The Walkers United – Change The Rules‘ and we’ll be wearing our Change The Rules t-shirts.  Meeting point is at the Women in Super marquee.  Please email team captain, Mary Doyle at [email protected] for further information.

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 26th April 2019.



Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA Raffle

Support the 2019 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 from ATAS

SECOND PRIZE is a Gazelle bike worth $2,199 from Omafiets

THIRD PRIZE is a $500 Book Voucher from Gleebooks

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]


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Member Benefits Update April 2019

Member Benefits Update April 2019