Published: 05/08/2020
Category: Covid-19 Member Benefits
Published: 05/08/2020
Category: Covid-19 Member Benefits

Welcome to the August edition of your Member Benefits Update.  In this month’s update we explore why we’re talking more about money in recent weeks, we bring you news on the Retirement Income Review and invite you to join the ACTU President Michele O’Neil in a special online forum.  There’s some excellent deals for union members from The Good Guys Commercial and Union Health, we showcase our new Australian and union made face masks and there’s two $50 Booktopia eGift cards to win!

Image: Australian Unions send a message of solidarity to the people of Melbourne currently under Stage 4 restrictions

Why we’re talking more about money

Aussies have shared some tough times during COVID-19 but the silver lining is that we’re talking more about money matters – and looking for ways to give our financial skills a lift.

New research from industry super fund owned bank – ME, shows that one in two of us are having more conversations about money than we used to.

In the survey conducted in June 2020, seven out of ten Australians put their increased money talk down to the economic impact of COVID-19. Around a quarter (26%) also said they feel the need to improve their financial knowledge, suggesting the pandemic has motivated us to become more aware of our personal finances.

All this talk about money is a good thing.

Read on


The Retirement Income Review must build on super’s foundations not undermine them

This article brought to you by Industry Super Australia

The Retirement Income Review (RIR) must be used to strengthen and not undermine the policy foundations of Australia’s successful super system, which has given workers a chance at a dignified retirement and eased the tax burden of the aged pension.

The government was expected to receive the RIR report on 24 July, the first such review of the system in almost 30 years.

But unusually for a review of this nature a draft was not circulated for stakeholder comment and it has relied on modelling using data not available to the public or external experts.

In the interests of transparency, it is critical this report is immediately released to the public so its findings can be tested and verified.

Read on


Shop The Good Guys Commercial for fantastic offers

Through your benefits program, you have exclusive access to The Good Guys Commercial store with fantastic prices across a range of home and business products.

Are you looking to replace your fridge or laundry essentials? Moving to a new house and need some additional appliances? Or perhaps your office equipment needs upgrading in the new financial year? Enjoy the convenience of the 24/7 commercial website which makes it even easier to compare products and ensure you are getting the best price.

You can choose to either pick up at your local store or have the item delivered and The Good Guys Commercial team can even arrange fully guaranteed installation.

Last month, members saved over a combined $100K, simply by purchasing through The Good Guys Commercial.  Register for your complimentary account today to join them.

Members can also contact the TGG Commercial Sales Support Centre who are available to assist with any enquiries by calling  1300 22 55 64 or emailing  [email protected]

Please note: if you have not yet registered for our member benefits program please register here first.


Union Health special offer for union members

Experience the value of a health fund relationship that’s all about YOU.

Switch to Union Health Fund today and get your second month free PLUS a gift card valued at up to $250 from one of our Mates Rates partners.

For more information and T&Cs, call 1300 661 283 or head to


Statement from ACTU President Michele O’Neil on Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia’s announcement that they are cutting the jobs of 3000 workers is devastating.

The unions representing Virgin Australia workers send our support and solidarity to every single worker at the airline today.

This announcement is not only a terrible loss for these workers, their families, and communities, but it is also a loss for the country.

We are losing 3000 highly skilled and experienced workers from the aviation industry and 3000 more households will be plunged into uncertainty at a time when so many people are already struggling.

Read on for full statement from Michele O’Neil


Face masks available now in our online shop

Our face masks are 100% Australian and union made.

As union members, we’re proud to fight for safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians.

When you order one of our face masks, you’re not only taking an important step to reduce your risk, you’re also supporting secure, unionised local jobs. 

Pre-order your face mask now.

There are a number of designs to choose from with a couple of new colourful ones recently joining the range!


Join Michele O’Neil in a Zoom forum on Thursday 6th August

Australian Unions have developed a National Economic Reconstruction Plan (NERP), with five concrete ideas to tackle the issues of job insecurity, inequality, and record-low wage growth.

In this Zoom forum ACTU President Michele O’Neil will speak in detail on the plan, available here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Want to work for the union movement?

Check out some of the great roles currently listed on the ACTU Job Vacancies web page.  There’s lots of different positions available from Media & Communications Officer and Industrial Officer roles to Organiser positions and more as well.

So if you’re in the market for a great union role take a look at what’s on offer today.


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

Enter the draw to win one of two $50 Booktopia e-gift cards we are giving away to two lucky union members this month. There is a three year time limit to use the card and it 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 28th August 2020.


Member Benefits Update August 2020

Member Benefits Update August 2020