Speak Up

When you’re confronted with a health or safety issue at work, you don’t have to deal with it alone.

Providing a healthy and safe workplace is the responsibility of the employer, but when an issue arises, it’s hard to know where to turn to.

The Speak Up campaign hopes to raise awareness amongst workers to ensure everyone understands their rights in the workplace.

For instance did you know

  • You have the right, protected by law, to elect your own health and safety representatives (HSRs), who are entitled to training to take up issues on behalf of their workmates
  • You have the right to establish an occupational health and safety committee/ designated work group (DWG) that will meet to discuss issues brought up by workers
  • You have the right to request that a representative represent you at OHS negotiations and meeting with employers
  • You have the right to refuse work that think could exposure you to serious risk

To find out more about becoming a HSR in your workplace have a look at the calendar / events page to find a course in your State or Territory

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.
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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.