Breaking news from last night’s Federal Budget: ASU members have Saved Equal Pay!

Last night the Federal Government announced that they would lift base funding in Department of Social Services Grants to cover the costs for Equal Pay wages won by ASU members in 2012.

Register now for our exclusive ASU member budget briefing to find out everything you need to know: 1pm AEDT Wednesday 7 October:

What does this mean?

We’ve won our campaign to save frontline jobs.

We’ve won our campaign to stop pay cuts.

We’ve won our campaign for recognition of your essential work in social and community services.

You campaigned, and the Government has listened.

But there’s still work to do. As always, we know the devil is in the detail. We still need to confirm that this decision applies across all Federal Government departments, not just Social Services. We don’t want any job left out or any service missed. But this is a very good first step and victory for ASU members.

Make sure you attend our exclusive nationwide ASU member post-budget detailed briefing via Zoom TODAY to find out what this really all means for you: 1pm, Wednesday 7 October. Register at:

Now we know that this Budget hasn’t been good for everyone. Older people have been left out. There’s no new funding for childcare. Superannuation has been attacked. Aviation workers have been abandoned. Some of the most vulnerable in our community have not received the support they desperately need. This was an opportunity for the Government to take immediate action to rebuild our economy and give real support to working people – the hidden heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic. But many people have been left out.

However this is a huge step forward in our campaign to Save Equal Pay!

Congratulations to ASU members who have been part of this campaign. In 2012 we fought to win Equal Pay, in 2020 we fought to Save Equal Pay.

And when we unite, when we campaign, when we are in Union together we can win!

Lisa Darmanin
Branch Secretary


PS – Don’t forget to register for our exclusive ASU member post-budget briefing on Wednesday to find out what this means for you:

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