Published: 04/03/2020
Category: Member Benefits
Published: 04/03/2020
Category: Member Benefits

In the March edition of your Member Benefits Update find out about what’s happening in your state for International Women’s Day, learn what drives women’s financial decisions, there’s a great deal for union members on health insurance.  The Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA raffle is back for 2020, we have two terrific DVDs to give away plus there’s our FREE footy tipping competitions for union members to join!  

Photo credit: We Are Union Women


What drives women’s money decisions?

Research shows women are often motivated by one key driver when it comes to managing money – and it’s not their own financial wellbeing.

Since 2011, industry super fund-owned bank ME has produced a bi-annual study called the Household Financial Comfort Report. Over the years, this study has consistently found that women lag behind men when it comes to financial comfort. And there’s a simple reason why.

According to Roslyn Russell, Research Professor in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University, women tend to base their financial decisions around the wellbeing of their family, rather than themselves. This can range from their children’s education and caring for elderly parents to providing for grandchildren.

Read on for full article



International Women’s Day 8 March

All around the world, International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is, “I am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights”.
Some unions, trades & labour councils and workplaces will be holding IWD events – be sure to check with your union or local state labour council for details of any events in your area.
Victorian Trades Hall CouncilUnions NSWQueensland Council of UnionsSA UnionsTasmanianUnionsUnions WAUnions NT and Unions ACT



Put your health first with us and get an EFT reward valued up to $200

The Health insurance reforms will become mandatory as of April 1st and along with a premium increase it’s time to see if your health cover is truly meeting your needs. Through your benefits you have access to the HCF corporate health insurance range, with discounted premiums, limit boosts and 100% back on selected extras

Plus, an exclusive joining bonus:

Get Couples or Family cover and receive a $200 EFT reward, or get Singles cover and receive a $100 EFT reward when you take out HCF Corporate Hospital and Extras between 19th February to the 31st March 2020*.

Visit your ACTU Member Advantage website for more details and get an online quote. 

Please note; if you have not already registered to use the Member Benefits program please fill in the online registration form now to access all of the great deals!

*Open to Australian residents 18+. Member must provide a valid email address to receive the EFT reward. HCF may take up to 12 weeks from the date an Eligible Person has been a financial member for 3 months to issue the Eligible Person with their EFT payment. Exclusions on entry apply – terms and conditions apply and can be obtained by contacting HCF. Member must pay for 3 months to qualify for EFT payment. Limit 1 EFT payment per policy.



Morrison Government pardons historical theft of super payments

With daily revelations of wage theft dominating the start of the new parliamentary year, last month the Morrison Government passed a bill which will waive penalties for employers who have stolen superannuation from workers.

The bill protects employers from prosecution by the ATO for any theft of superannuation back to the birth of the system, regardless of the size of the theft or the intent of the employer.

This is an unprecedented move by a federal government – blanket pardoning of a serious contravention of federal law, with no caveats or limits. The Government has said publicly that if employers cannot determine the extent of their theft before the end of the amnesty, it will be extended.

ACTU President, Michele O’Neil said, “The Government has had seven years and has done nothing to help workers with unpaid super. Workers need their right to Super included in the National Employment Standards so that repayment can be easily pursued and have super paid at the same time as wages.’



Would you like to work for the union movement?

There are some terrific union roles currently listed on the ACTU Job Vacancies web page.  A variety of positions are available from Research Analyst to Industrial Lawyer roles, Organiser positions and lots more as well.

So if you’re in the market for a great union role why not see what’s on offer today?



ACTU/ME NRL and AFL footy tipping competitions

Hey union footy tipsters!  The FREE ACTU AFL & NRL footy tipping competitions are happening again in 2020. The NRL season begins on Thursday 12th March and the AFL season kicks off on Thursday 19th March. There is a total of $2,000 in prizes up for grabs with the highest tipster in each competition winning a $1,000 ME Everyday Transaction Account* at the end of each home and away season.

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

There is also our AFL Women’s Tipping Competition which is free to join with no password required and you could win a $250 WISH gift card at the end of Round 9!



Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA 2020 raffle

Support the 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.

1st Prize is an $8,000 Travel Voucher

2nd Prize is a top of the range bicycle valued at $1799 

3rd Prize is a $500 book voucher from Gleebooks, available online or in-store.

Buy your tickets here today!



Win one of 6 DVDs this month!

Enter the draw to win one of 3 copies of both Daffodils and Judy and Punch that we are giving away to 6 lucky union members this month!

DAFFODILS is a heart-aching drama of a quintessential New Zealand marriage, told with iconic New Zealand music. we follow the bittersweet nuances of a couple’s life, expressed with contemporary re-imaginings of iconic hit songs of New Zealand artists including Crowded House, Bic Runga and Dave Dobbyn

To win a copy of Daffodils email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 27th March 2020.

Judy and Punch
In the anarchic town of Seaside, nowhere near the sea, puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show. The show is a hit due to Judy’s superior puppeteering, but Punch’s driving ambition and penchant for whiskey lead to an inevitable tragedy that Judy must avenge. In a visceral and dynamic live-action reinterpretation of the famous 17th century puppet show, writer director Mirrah Foulkes turns the traditional story of Punch and Judy on its head and brings to life a fierce, darkly comic and epic female-driven revenge story, starring Mia  Wasikowska and Damon Herriman.

To win a copy of Judy and Punch email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 27th March 2020.



Member Benefits Update March 2020

Member Benefits Update March 2020