Being a union member increases your job security and protects you from unfair treatment in the workplace. This is the core benefit of being in the Union, but the ASU has also negotiated many additional benefits for members ranging from commercial offers to financial and legal advice.
Following are listed some of the national benefits and information services available to you, but your Branch has a range of other locally negotiated services - see the bottom of this webpage for links to the Branch websites where you can find out further details, or ring your Branch direct for information.
The Australian Services Union retail website requested by members to allow easy access to ASU clothing and merchandise. The ASUshop also has a range of union oriented books, campaign merchandise and various information brochures too, many of them for free.
Maximises your union benefits by providing avenues for great savings on a wide range of products and services. Union Shopper has saved members millions of dollars since inception.
ME is a bank but one with a difference. We want to do the things that will liberate Australians and help them get ahead. We want to make things easier, put their dreams within reach, and enable them to live the lives that they really want.
Union Member Benefits are provided to every union member through the ACTU in partnership with your union.
As a union member, you can take advantage of the collective buying power of more than 1.8 million members to get big discounts from a great range of companies. Save money with member benefits on:
- Banking - great offers from ME
- Discounted cars, tyres, car hire
- Much, much more coming soon
In addition to other services provided by Australian Unions Member Benefits, they are also in a partnership with bank ME to provide a footy tipping competition for union members. You need to be a member in order to win the monetary prize.
The ASU Branches across Australia also have membership benefits that they have negotiated for their members locally. We encourage you to visit the web link below for your Branch or ring them (click here for all ASU contact details).
- SA & NT Branch
- WA Branch
- NSW United Services Branch (USU)
- NSW & ACT (Services) Branch
- VIC & TAS Authorities & Services Branch
- VIC Private Sector Branch
- Taxation Officers' Branch
- QLD (Services & Nth Admin) Branch
- QLD Together Branch
Sources of useful information
In addition to discounted goods and services offered to ASU members, here are some information websites that you might find useful.
Superannuation is rightly considered a major issue given that for many people it has become their second biggest asset after the family home. Super is a crucial ingredient in our plans for retirement and will determine for many people whether they have a decent standard of living when they cease working. The purpose of the ASU's superannuation campaign webpages is to encourage Branches, ASU representatives and members to realise that they need to bargain and campaign for increased superannuation to at least the levels advised by the ACTU.
SuperSeeker is a tool provided by the Australian Taxation Office that will look for your lost super in real time and instantly provide you with possible matches. It is free to use and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To use SuperSeeker you will need to supply your tax file number.
AUSfund is another valuable tool for locating lost super. We encourage you to use both SuperSeeker and AUSfund tools to look for any missing earnings you might have.
The ASU is a sponsor of the ACTU Worksite for Schools, a rich source of materials for students at all levels.
The ATO website contains information and tools to help you fulfill your tax obligations each year. As a part of their "Workforce education program" the ATO also encourages you to visit their individuals homepage which is regularly updated with relevant Tax Time messages and their deductions homepage which covers the most relevant deductions applicable to individuals and includes occupation specific rulings and information relating to other work related expenses. .
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