Our Union


AWU members get a better deal at work.

We stand together to improve pay, conditions, and job security.

We help each other when the situation or times gets tough.

We fight to improve the working lives of tens of thousands of working Australians, which in turn supports their families and their communities.

We also work to ensure all working Australians get a better deal through our many safety, industrial, community, policy and political campaigns.

From steel workers to gold miners, fruit pickers to offshore gas workers, aluminium workers to hair stylists, we are unified by a commitment to progressive ideals and making a better Australia for all of us.

The AWU is owned by our members, and its direction is determined by them.

We are defined by a belief that every member is due the same respect, attention, and care. When we stand together, we are stronger together.

If you want the professional protection and strength that the AWU provides – join today by calling 1800 298 753 or by visiting our join page.

Union fees are tax-deductible and according to ABS figures, union members earn an average of $275 per week more than non-union workers.



Active AWU agreements


Awards covered by the AWU
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Extra dollars union members earn weekly

National Officials

National Executive Members

Marina Chambers
National President

Daniel Walton
National and NSW Secretary

Misha Zelinsky
Assistant National Secretary

Stephen Crawford
National Vice-President

Paul Farrow
National Vice-President

Gary Henderson
National Vice-President

Steve Baker
Queensland Branch Secretary

Tony Beers
Queensland Central District Secretary

Tony Callinan
New South Wales Assistant Branch Secretary

Paul Noack
New South Wales Assistant Branch Secretary

Ben Davis
Victorian Branch Secretary

Jimmy Mastrandonakis
Victorian Assistant Branch Secretary

Brad Gandy
West Australian Branch Secretary

Peter Lamps
South Australian Branch Secretary

Ian Wakefield
Tasmanian Branch Secretary


National Office Team

Daniel Walton
National Secretary

Misha Zelinksky
Assistant National Secretary

Mark Fagan
National and NSW Chief of Staff

Debra Bushell
PA to the National Secretary

Stephen Crawford
National Senior Legal Officer

Zach Duncalfe
National Legal Officer

Charlie Ackerman
Assistant Legal Officer

Jamila Gherjestani
National WHS Director

Shane Roulstone
National Organiser

Melanie Coombes
Hair Stylists Australia Organiser

Taylor Rundell
National Economist

Alana Drayton
Digital Marketing Manager

Jonathan Cook
National Digital Projects Manager

Benazeer Sayed
Contact Centre Supervisor

Taylor Vicarra
Call Centre Operator

Marc Bernard
National and NSW Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Tracy Liang
Accounts Officer


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