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 gets tough.

The history of Australia cannot be written without reference to the Australian Workers’ Union.

Since our formation in 1886, we have stood up and delivered for working families.

We began representing shearers and miners. Today our members work in manufacturing, steel, aluminium, glass, oil & gas, aviation, agriculture, construction, state public services, local government, health, plastics, hospitality, food, paper, resources, aquaculture, the beauty industry, events, and racing industries.

Our members are as diverse as the industries they work in, but we are unified by the belief that when we stand together we are stronger together.

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

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


National Officials

National Executive Members

Marina Chambers
National President

Daniel Walton
National and NSW Secretary

Misha Zelinksy
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 Zelinsky
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

Be a part of our community.

Join the AWU.

Stronger together.