The Australian Council of Trade Unions


The ACTU has fought for and won decades of wage increases through the award system and campaigns in the field, safer workplaces, greater equality for women, improvements in working hours, entitlements to paid holidays and better employment conditions, the establishment of a universal superannuation system, paid parental leave and paid family and domestic violence leave.

The ACTU has played a role in all of these achievements. Every worker in Australia has benefited from the victories of the union movement.

The ACTU has contributed to fairness and justice in the entire community as well – contributing to Australia’s major social institutions, including progressive taxation, the social security system, universal Medicare, fairer migration, decent education – to name just a few.

The ACTU’s job is to organise working people in their union to win big, important and permanent improvements to work, workplaces and broader society.

The ACTU doesn’t just talk about change. It makes it happen, through a shared vision and strength in numbers. If you believe that you can take action to make your work and society better, join with us as a union member.

The ACTU’s role as peak body is to co-ordinate union campaigns, represent workers at a range of government and non-government forums in Australia and overseas, to provide industrial, policy and other support to affiliates, and encourage workers to join their union.


The Australian union movement has always worked towards big, important and permanent changes that benefit all workers. Time and time again, we’ve proven that change is more than an idea – it is an action we take every day.
Sally McManus, ACTU Secretary

Ready to take control of your work life?

With the strength of almost 2 million members, we have a major say in shaping the future of work for all. Beyond this, your union will provide advice, support, and tools you need to fulfil your goals – wherever you are in your working life.

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We are so proud of what union members have achieved together, and we are ready to achieve so much more. Every day, union members stand together to prove that change is more than talk – it's action we take every day. Be part of the change by joining with almost 2 million other union members as we act to improve the lives all working people.
Michele O'Neil, ACTU President

Your rights at work are worth fighting for.

ACTU Campaigns

Price gouging inquiry

The Australian Council of Trade Unions has commissioned an Inquiry into Price Gouging and Unfair Pricing Practices to examine the cause and effects of price gouging on the Australian people.

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Secure Jobs. Worth fighting for.

Australia used to have the most secure jobs in the world.

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Close The Loopholes and Keep Wages Moving

Big businesses are using loopholes in Australia’s workplace laws to drive down wages and conditions. We need to close the loopholes to keep wages moving and make jobs more secure.

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Stop deadly dust

Unions and health experts are calling for a ban on deadly engineered stone as well as stronger protections for all workers who are exposed to silica dust.

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For The Workers

Join the nearly 2 million strong member movement that works as hard as you do.

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Report a rip-off

It is clear that big business are price gouging and profiteering in a cost-of-living crisis, and it’s time to expose it. Share your story of corporate price gouging – Report a rip-off!

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ACTU Media Releases:

Latest News

Unions welcome working people’s real wages finally moving

February 21, 2024

Today, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released Wage Price Index data showing that wages grew by 4.2 percent in 2023.

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Fully funded public schools are an essential element of a fair and prosperous society 

February 21, 2024

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Woolworths profits show they have far too much power, says ACTU

February 21, 2024

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The ACTU Network

Australian Unions

Whether you want to join a union, take action in campaigns, or make the most of the benefits of being a union member, Australian Unions is the place to go for information and resources.
Visit Australian Unions

Mind Your Head

We’re taking action to protect workplace mental health.
Visit Mind Your Head


Your rights at work for students and for people entering the workforce for the first time.
Visit Worksite


Information and resources for health and safety representatives and workers about how to speak up at work for health and safety.
Visit OHS

Union Aid Abroad

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA is the overseas aid and development agency of the ACTU. Our work aims to build self-reliance through support to educational and training projects for workers and their organisations in the developing world.
Visit Union Aid Abroad

ACTU National Union Directory

Find who you are looking for from the who’s who of the union movement.
Visit the ACTU National Union Dictionary
Australian Council of Trade Unions

Representing Australian workers and their families.