Published: 02/05/2019
Category: Member Benefits
Published: 02/05/2019
Category: Member Benefits

The federal election is not far off now; we can almost smell the sweet scent of democracy sausage in the air!  Our Change the Rules campaign is in full swing in many key electorates around the country and our campaigners have been working extremely hard.  Hats off to them all.    

In the May edition of your Member Benefits Update we take a look at our new Change the Rules TV ads which we recently launched, we examine five money sinkholes to avoid, there’s the launch of our brand new Member Benefits web portal, plus you can win one of 10 double passes to see Brightburn courtesy of Sony Pictures.

Photo: Some enthusiastic Change the Rules campaigners at an Election Kick-Off event in Sydney last month


Change the government to change the rules

This election is about deciding what sort of Australia we want to be.

We can either lock in US-style low wages & inequality or Change the Rules.

Our TV ads give voice to millions of working people that are experiencing insecure work & stagnant wages.

Can you help us get this ad on TV by chipping in here?



Five money sinkholes to avoid

You could be throwing big bucks into a financial pit without even knowing it. Industry super fund-owned bank ME outlines five money sinkholes that could be swallowing up $3,500 of your cash every year.

We could all use some extra money, but sometimes our own behaviour can see savings slip between our fingers. It’s time to shine a light on the big money sinkholes to see how you can put extra bucks back in your hip pocket.

1) Sticking to the same mobile phone plan. Average annual cost: $500

Australians stay with the same telco for an average of six and a half years according to Finder. But your loyalty can be a savings sinkhole. There’s a whole smorgasbord of mobile carriers to choose from with some red hot deals up for grabs. According to Finder, switching mobile phone plans or providers could see you save over $500 a year.  Bring it on!

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Your brand new benefits website has launched!

Discover the new member benefits website for you as part of your union membership! Same benefits, same savings, great new design.

The new benefits website has been re-designed to offer the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigational and functionality while allowing you to see the full range of benefits and offers available.

If you had already registered for the old benefits website, you would have received an email to activate your account on Wednesday 1st May.

If you have not registered yet or did not receive your email, go to to start using your new Member Advantage benefits program.

For more information call Member Advantage on 1300 853 352 or email [email protected].



New car buying service available

Looking for a new car? Your Australian Union Member Benefits now gives you access to up to 20% off dealer prices with Private Fleet.

Completely free through our partnership with Member Advantage, Private Fleet gives private buyers the negotiating power of a fleet. It also includes free vehicle delivery, 12-months roadside assistance and help organising financing or vehicle trade-in.

Find your next car by clicking on the New Car image on the left or visit our secure website here.



The great super freeze

One of the Government’s best kept secrets is their continual denial of increasing the Super Guarantee (SG).  

The Super Guarantee is a monetary percentage of your wage that your employer pays towards your superannuation. This payment is on top of your wage – and is not taken out of your fortnightly pay. The introduction of the SG has been the great equaliser of retirement – seeing hardworking Australians being able to retire with a comfortable nest-egg.

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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 Industrial Officer, Admin, Finance, 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 one of 10 double passes to see BRIGHTBURN

This month, enter the draw to win one of 10 double in-season passes to see BRIGHTBURN in cinemas from Thursday 23rd May, courtesy of Sony Pictures.

What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?

With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror. 

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To enter the double in-season pass competition simply email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 17th May 2019.



Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA Raffle

There’s still time to 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.

Raffle closes on 17th May 2019.

Winner drawn on 6th June 2019.

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]



Member Benefits Update May 2019

Member Benefits Update May 2019