You're eligible to join the Australian Services Union Authorities & Services Branch if you work in Victoria or Tasmania in one of the following industries:
The ASU has total coverage over individuals employed by local government. There are 79 Councils throughout Victoria, some with large workforces others with less. Examples of employers are Melbourne City Council, Casey City Council, City of Greater Geelong and Melton Shire Council.
In Tasmania there are 29 local government areas. Examples of these include Hobart City Council, Glenorchy City Council, Launceston City Council and Clarence City Council.
Local government employees in both states perform a range of duties and functions with all being eligible for membership of the ASU. Whether the individual is a librarian, school crossing supervisor, garbage collector, gym instructor, town planner or traffic and local laws officer, if the individual is employed by a local government authority, then they can be members of the ASU.
Social and Community Services (SACS)
Workers employed in non-government organisations (NGOs) in charity and/or welfare sector are eligible for membership of the ASU. NGOs are funded by state and federal governments to provide a range of welfare, health, legal, housing, women’s services, community support, training and employment services. Although funded by government NGOs employ their own workforce. Examples of the employers where SACS workers can be found are organisations such as Anglicare, the Salvation Army and Uniting Care Connections.
These workers may be engaged in activities such as community development, community and social housing, disability services, employment programmes, psychiatric disability support, community health centres, community legal centres, early intervention services, financial counselling, material aid, neighbourhood houses, and SAAP including welfare, youth and social work.
Employees engaged in white-collar office and customer service worker in private industry are eligible to join the ASU. Just about anyone doing "office work" in the private sector is eligible to join. Our members are call-centre agents, customer service reps, administrators, clerks, social workers among other roles and responsibilities.
Please note that only Tasmanian based private sector workers are eligible to join the ASU Victorian and Tasmanian Authorities and Services branch.
The ASU is the principle union in the power industry in Australia. The ASU has members in all sections of the industry, including power generation, distribution and transmission. Victorian and Tasmanian examples of employers include TRUenergy, Origin energy, AGL, Aurora Energy and Powercor.
The ASU covers all workers in the water industry, whether their employer is in the metropolitan, regional or rural water industry. If individuals are employed in a clerical, administrative, call centre, customer service, supervisory, managerial, technical operator or other role within the rural, remote or metropolitan water industry then they're eligible to join the ASU. Examples of employers are City West Water, Yarra Valley Water, Melbourne Water, Golbourn Valley Regional Water Authority, Ben Lomond Water, Cradle Mountain Water and Gippsland Water among many others.
The ASU also covers contractors in the industry such as Siemans, Serco, Abigroup and Transfield.
Workers eligible to join the ASU in the transport industry include employees working in administration, professional, managerial, operational or supervisory functions and those who provide technical advice or work in customer relations. One source of Victorian membership is VicRoads, while Service Tasmania employees are also eligible to join the ASU. Here ASU members work in positions such as registration and licensing testers, community liaison officers, analysts and information technological support, assets officers, programme delivery officers, payroll/accounts officers, signals installation and maintenance and traffic safety officers.
The ASU also represents staff working in the privatised transport operations. ASU members work in positions such as booking/reservation clerks, train and fleet controllers, station maters and maintenance fleet control.
Information Technology (IT)
The ASU covers a range of workers employed in IT. From IT professionals to system analysts and digitised equipment maintenance workers chances are that they are eligible for membership of the ASU. Typically the ASU’s IT members are found in employers such as Fuji and Xerox, Canon and IBM through to employees in small two-person operations.
The ASU is the biggest Australian union covering airline industry workers. Our members work for Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Blue, Regional Express, Eastern Australia Airlines, Sunstate Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and other overseas airlines, as well as contractors in the industry like Menzies Aviation Services or airfreight companies like Australian Air Express.
Some of the duties performed by ASU members in the airline industry include customer service (call centres, retail, reservations etc), airline freight organisations, maintenance, engineering, stores, catering, finance and administration.
Please note that only Tasmanian based airline workers are eligible to join the ASU Victorian and Tasmanian Authorities and Services branch.
Shipping and Travel
The majority of employees working in the travel or shipping industries in clerical, administrative, marketing, sales or management roles are eligible to join the ASU. In the shipping industry, the ASU covers workers in all positions except those on the waterfront. In travel employees who are travel consultants and supervisors are eligible to join as are those engaged in wholesale, retail, inbound and outbound roles. Chances are if someone is working in the travel or shipping industries in a clerical, administrative, marketing, sales or management role they’re eligible to join the ASU.