Published: 03/06/2020
Category: Industrial Relations Member Benefits
Published: 03/06/2020
Category: Industrial Relations Member Benefits

Welcome to the June edition of your Member Benefits Update. This month we present you with seven steps to save money, we highlight what the union movement is planning to help rebuild our economy and we celebrate Mabo Day.  We also bring you a special series of superannuation webinars and welcome back our free footy tipping competitions for union members. Plus there are two $50 e-Gift Cards to win!


Seven steps to put your money under the microscope

Now’s the time to workshop money matters to plug any leaks. Here are seven steps to boost your bank balance. 

We’re all navigating the new situation of self-isolation and social distancing. So why not put time at home to good use giving yourself a money makeover?  We look at seven ways to save a bundle and shore up your finances.

  1. Know where every buck goes

If you haven’t used a personal budget before, now’s the time to get started.  A budget shows how much money is coming in, how much is going out, and whether you’re overspending – as well as where you can cut back.

Read on for further steps



ACTU will focus on building a better, stronger and fairer Australia

The peak body for working people, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, welcomes the opportunity to sit down with the Government and employers to discuss how our economy can be rebuilt as flagged by Prime Minister, Scott Morrison at his recent national press club speech.

The ACTU also welcomed the withdrawal of the Ensuring Integrity legislation – a law which unions and many legal experts say was a direct attack on the democratic rights of workers.

The ACTU called on the government to ensure that the recovery strengthens the rights of all working people, and reiterated that attacks on working people, whether from business lobbyists or governments, were not compatible with a cooperative approach to rebuilding Australia.

ACTU Secretary, Sally McManus said, “Australian Unions will not lose our focus on the immediate challenge to stop a second wave of infections. This is our first job, otherwise the pain and sacrifices working people have made, with 20 per cent of working people now unemployed or underemployed and so many losing income, will be for nothing.”

Read on for full article



Mabo Day – Wednesday 3 June

Today is the last day of Reconciliation Week. It’s also Mabo Day, where we celebrate the life of Eddie Mabo.

On June 3, 1992 Eddie Koiki Mabo and the clans of Mer in the Torres Strait was concluded in the High Court of Australia.

The injustice of the legal fiction of terra nullius was overturned. The decision by the High Court recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples had custodial ownership of the land and a unique relationship to country that dated back thousands of years.

Eddie was also a proud union delegate for the RTBU Australia. In Queensland he helped organise his fellow workers in the railways.

Sadly Eddie passed away before the landmark decision was handed down – but his legacy lives on.

And the union movement was there in solidarity along the way.



Financial fitness webinars for all Australians

First State Super webinars are designed to answer all your superannuation questions and prepare you for a better financial future. There’s a range of topics including planning for retirement, navigating redundancy, managing money and debt and more, available at times that suit you.

Find a topic that interests you



Avoid paying more this tax time

You can avoid paying the Medicare Levy Surcharge by having eligible HCF hospital cover via your union member benefits program. If you don’t have eligible private hospital cover and fall into these income thresholds, you could be charged up to an additional 1.5% surcharge on your Medicare levy at tax time.

ACTU Member Advantage subscribers, get Couples or Family cover and receive a $300 EFT reward, or get Singles cover and receive a $150 EFT reward when you take out HCF Corporate Hospital and Extras between 1 May-30 June 2020.

Offer only available via the ACTU Member Advantage portal.

Terms and conditions apply



Our NRL & AFL Footy Tipping competitions are back on!

Hey union footy tipsters!  The FREE ACTU AFL & NRL footy tipping competitions are up and running again in 2020. The NRL season kicked off again with Round 3 on Thursday 28th May and the AFL season kicks off again with Round 2 on Thursday 11th June. 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

*Read on for full T&Cs



Work for the union movement

There are some great union roles currently listed on the ACTU Job Vacancies web page.  A variety of positions are available from Communications Manager to Industrial Officer 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?



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.

Read on



WIN one of 2 x $50 Target e-gift cards this month!

Enter the draw to win one of 2 x $50 Target e-gift cards we are giving away to two lucky union members this month. The expiry date on the cards is for four years and they can be used online.

To enter the competition simply email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 26th June 2020.


Member Benefits Update June 2020

Member Benefits Update June 2020