About Local Authorities

The Local Authorities Sector of the Branch represents Local Government workers in Victoria and Tasmania including public libraries, fire services and a range of other committees of management.

Local Authorities ASU members are active and strongly committed to ensuring they continue to win above-average employment conditions and pay increases. This is achieved through an active representative structure and consultative presence at the workplace. Local Authorities members also provide a good example of the achievements that can be gained through a strong collective voice!

Our union belongs to our members. People join the ASU to have a voice in their workplace. They use this voice to join together in effective groups to protect and improve their rights, while meeting their needs at a workplace level and through a number of interest groups. Another way this is done is through the establishment of well-organised and representative workplaces. The ASU strives to support our members and workplace representatives by utilising their combined experience and expertise in the advocacy and industrial relations arena.  Another of our roles is to act as an effective lobby group to governments - at all levels - and at others forums to ensure our members’ interests are fully represented.

Members are encouraged to become actively involved in their union and work closely with its Industrial Officers, Organisers and workplace representatives. The ASU's work in negotiating Industrial Agreements with employers on behalf of members is achieved with a strong and active delegate structure and union membership at a workplace level.

Latest Local Authorities News

Written on 04/09/2018, 11:33
Bayside Council delegates met with their ASU campaign organiser, Hayley, on 7 August, leading into running an all members meeting at Bayside City Council on 24 August. Issues flagged by delegates included some recent industrial issues arising, ideas...
Written on 04/09/2018, 10:54
Meet Gayl Lyons (left) and Sabrina Smith (right) ASU Home Care delegates from Yarra Ranges. Gayl has been at Council for 33 years and has been a delegate since 1994. Gayl remembers the time of compulsory competitive tendering (CCT) and how under...
Written on 04/09/2018, 10:39
  Home carers hit the streets in Altona to support their fellow ASU members at Hobsons Bay City Council last weekend, and were inspired at the level of support in the community for keeping this work in Council hands. Over a dozen ASU members,...
Written on 31/07/2018, 12:03
In what could only be described as potentially one of the greatest anti worker decisions ever made by a Council, Ararat Rural City Council recently backed down on a decision denying 2 of its staff members leave, despite them giving the employer 6...
Written on 31/07/2018, 09:33
  Did you know? In the National Employment Standards employers MUST consult with staff about roster changes. In most Local Government Agreements under the consultation clause you should find that roster changes are attached to a process much...