Who We Are

The Australian Unemployment Union is an organisation by the unemployed, for the unemployed.

Our mission at the AUU is to protect the common interests of the 750,000+ Australians who are currently unemployed.  By organising and sharing our experiences and common grievances, as unemployed Australians we can fight back against the endless attacks being launched against us. Only by fighting together can we force the Australian government to create a fair and humane welfare system for all.

To protect our welfare state from the government’s ongoing assault, however, it is clear that we will need the help of the wider Australian public. It is for this reason that the Australian Unemployment Union welcomes all those dependent on Centrelink, as well as all those who have jobs, to join our struggle for a fair and humane welfare state.

In fact, establishing a broad community of people who are committed to fighting against the governments brutal treatment of Australia’s most vulnerable – from Trade Unions to other political organisations – is an essential step if we are to achieve our objectives.

 Join us and Fight back!


Our National Advocacy Services

Unemployed Workers Rights Booklet

Our Unemployed Workers’ Rights Guide is now available online!

To download and view the guide, please click here.

Please send any questions, comments and suggestions to advocacy@unemployedworkersunion.com

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National Advocacy Hotline

If the unemployed workers guide does not address your question or concerns, please call us on (03) 8394 5266

Hours of operation: 10am-2pm, Monday-Wednesday.

Answering machine messages will be responded to within 10 business days.
Alternatively, you can email us for advise at advocacy@unemployedworkersunion.com

The hotline is maintained by a volunteer group of AUWU members.

Speak Up About Your Job Agent!

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We are currently gathering information about the experiences of unemployed workers at their job agency.

Gathering information about your experiences with your job agency is the only way we can make sure we target our campaigns against this punitive employment services industry in the right way.

By filling out this 2-minute survey, you will enable us to suit our services better to your needs.

The information you give will be kept confidential and anonymous (unless you state otherwise).

Please click here if would like to complete the survey