In the April edition of your Member Benefits Update we bring you advice on the COVID-19 pandemic, we look at online shopping and how to stay safe and there’s some good news on our latest win with the new wage subsidy program. There’s advice from AIST on the financial consequences of the early access of your super, we launch our ACTU Job Finder webpage and there are special union member deals from Member Advantage. And if that’s not enough, we have two $50 JB HiFi e-gift cards to win.


Online shopping guide – 5 ways to stay safe

Embrace the possibilities of online shopping and keep your money safe with these five fail-safe strategies from ME.

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Unions win a wage subsidy program to save jobs

The Morrison Government has heard the union movement’s call to ensure that workers are covered by a wage subsidy program.

Watch Sally McManus’ video on the wage subsidy announcement here.

What does this new policy mean for you?  Read our explainer here.

Remember, we’re stronger together. When we come together, we can move mountains.  



COVID-19 update from ME

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can have an impact on both people’s health and their financial wellbeing. ME are there to support their customers through this – now and in the months to come.

Head to to find out how ME are assisting their customers at this difficult time.



Early release of Super should be last resort, funds urge

This article is brought to you by the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST). By Cath Sullivan

The Federal Government’s proposal to allow those suffering financial hardship to access their superannuation is open to many, but there are far-reaching implications to be aware of. 

Australians experiencing financial hardship have been urged to carefully consider all income support measures available to them, before accessing their super through new early release measures.

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The Good Guys Commercial through Member Advantage

As we are all trying to adjust to this new way of the world, The Good Guys Commercial are committed to take care of your needs in the best possible way during this time.

Whether it is a laptop or monitor to assist with new working from home arrangements, a microwave or small appliance for preparing healthy meals, a fridge, a washer or any other white goods – they can help with what you need and deliver to your door in the current and ever changing environment.

The team are operating as normal, and members will continue to be supported by The Good Guys Commercial Sales Support Centre who are available to assist with any enquiries. Find out more and register for this benefit through your ACTU Member Benefits portal at



Sign up for ACTU updates on COVID-19

Head to our Workers’ Rights Resource Centre and keep updated on all the latest information on how the coronavirus is affecting the working lives of Australians.

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The ACTU Footy Tipping Competitions are suspended… for now

The COVID-19 pandemic has led the AFL and NRL to suspend their 2020 seasons until further notice. This has meant the suspension of our free footy tipping competitions for union members, but we plan to resume them as soon as we know what is happening with each code.  We will let you know via the Footy Tips website as well as this eNewsletter.



Winner of the AFL Women’s footy tipping competition announced

Congratulations goes to our number one AFL Women’s footy tipster, Rhiannon Newman, an ASU member from SA who won the $250 WISH Gift Card with an impressive score of 37 and a slim margin of 167.  Rhiannon is going to donate the $250 gift card to one Hospo worker who’s currently having a hard time of it.  Rhiannon, you’re a true unionist and an absolute gem!



ACTU Job Finder

The COVID-19 crisis has become a jobs crisis as well.

The ACTU will do all that it can to connect job seekers with jobs, especially in areas where workers are needed – from call centre work to deliveries.

Head to our job finder page to see what’s currently on offer.



WIN one of two $50 JB HiFi e-gift cards this month!

Enter the draw to win one of two $50 JB HiFi e-gift cards we are giving away to two lucky union members this month.  There is no expiry date on these gift vouchers and they can be used online.

To enter the competition simply email with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 24th April 2020.


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