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

Pledge to protect work rights from Peter Dutton

We can’t let Petter Dutton and the Coalition send workers backwards. Pledge to protect work rights from Dutton.

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Sign the petition to eradicate asbestos

It’s been 20 years since Asbestos was banned in Australia, but sadly the threat hasn’t gone away.

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Roster Justice

Got a story about unfair rostering? We want to hear it.

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Union members are calling for a 5% increase to the minimum wage

This year, we’re calling for a 5% increase, which would lift the minimum hourly rate to $24.39, or $48,200 per year.

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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

Tell us about a recent incident/incidents you’ve had with an insurance company that’s left you feeling ripped off.

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Work Shouldn’t Hurt Survey 2022

In 2022, the annual Work Shouldn’t Hurt Survey found that more than one in four workers in Australia been injured or made sick due to work in the previous 12 months.

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Deadly Dust

Workers have a right to safe and healthy workplaces, free of potentially deadly silica dust.

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ACTU Media Releases:

Latest News

Real wages are now growing but there is still ground to be recovered

July 10, 2024

A new OECD report has confirmed that real wages are growing again in Australia for the first time in
nearly three years.

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Future Made in Australia important for jobs and climate action

July 3, 2024

The ACTU has welcomed the Federal Government’s Future Made in Australia Act as an important step change that will lock in decades of jobs and domestic manufacturing while supercharging Australia’s transition to clean energy.

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Unions call for Net Zero Economy Authority as matter of urgency

July 2, 2024

The ACTU and regional coal and gas power workers today called on the Greens and Senate cross benchers to pass the Net Zero Economy Authority Bill.

The NZEA Bill needs to pass the Senate to set up a new Authority charged with supporting workers and communities to thrive through the energy transition.

Speaking in Canberra, ACTU President, Michele O’Neil and workers from impacted communities stressed the Net Zero Economy Authority has an urgent, important task ahead of it, as industries like coal-fired power stations start to phase down.

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The Australian Council of Trade Unions is the peak body for Australian unions, made up of 38 affiliated unions who together represent about 1.8 million workers and their families.

Since its creation in 1927, the ACTU has spearheaded some of the most fundamental workplace struggles in Australia’s history.

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.