Which union for your job?

No matter what kind of job you do or who you work for, you have the right to be represented by a union.

Below is a list of unions that are part of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). These unions have nearly 2 million members covering almost every possible occupation.

Which particular unions you can join depends on a number of job related factors, including:
> The job you do
> Are you employed directly or through an agency
> The state or territory you work in
> Do you work for the government; if so do you work for the Federal, state or local government?
> What does your employer do or make?

For example a chef working in a public hospital might be able to join a different union than a chef working in a privately owned café.

Teachers are another example; teachers working in government schools are generally in a different union than teachers working in non-government schools.

You can find out a lot about each union and who they represent by visiting their websites:

Association of Hospital Pharmacists (AHP)
Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union (AMIEU)
Australian & International Pilots Association (AIPA)
Australian Education Union (AEU)
Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers (AIMPE)
Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA)
Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU)
Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU)
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF)
Australian Professional Footballers` Association (APFA)
Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation (ASMOF)
Australian Services Union (ASU)
Australian Workers’ Union (AWU)
Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG)
Blind Workers Union of Victoria (BWU)
Breweries & Bottleyards Employees Industrial Union of Workers WA (BBEIUW (WA))
Civil Air Operations Officers Association of Australia (Civil Air)
Club Managers Association Australia (CMAA)
Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union of Australia (CEPU)
Community and Public Sector Union – CPSU PSU Group
Community and Public Sector Union – CPSU SPSF Group
Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU)
Finance Sector Union (FSU)
Flight Attendants Association of Australia – National Division
Flight Attendants’ Association of Australia – FAAA International Division
Funeral and Allied Industries Union of NSW (F&AI)
Health Services Union (HSU)
Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA)
Maritime Union of Australia (MUA)
Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA)
Medical Scientists Association of Victoria (MSAV)
National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU)
National Union of Workers (NUW)
New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA)
Pilot Association for Virgin Australia Group (VIPA)
Police Federation of Australia (PFA)
Professionals Australia (APESMA)
Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU)
Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA)
Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia (TCFUA)
Transport Workers Union of Australia (TWU)
Union of Christmas Island Workers (UCIW)
United Firefighters Union of Australia (UFU)
United Voice – formerly LHMU
Victorian Psychologists Association Incorporated (VPA Inc)
Western Australian Prison Officers’ Union of Workers (WAPOU)

If you have a job and want to find out more about what is the correct union for you, call Australian Unions on 1300 486 466.