Aged Care workers deserve better pay and respect at work. Join our fight:
Your Union for aged care workers
We work in aged care, home care and disability services. We provide essential support to keep older Australians safe. We give you and your family professional care, with dignity. Together we are campaigning to change aged care because we all deserve dignity and respect.
If you work in Aged Care, Home Care or Disability Support – United Workers Union is your union.
UWU represents over 150,000 workers from all walks of life across Australia. Throughout our history, we’ve shown when working people come together, we win.
We fight hard for jobs you can count on, decent pay and conditions, and respect at work. Your union is here to help you – providing a range of quality services, benefits and representation when you need it.
Strike action - important info
Thousands of aged care workers across the country are taking unprecedented strike action for better pay, better conditions and more time to care.
They are fighting for enough time to give older Australians the quality care they need and deserve. Find all the FAQs here!
Omicron Crisis - important info
Your Union is here to help you stay informed and safe at work.
The omicron crisis is spreading rapidly through aged care with devastating impacts for workers and residents. Being aware of your health and safety rights at work during this time is more important than ever.
We’ve compiled a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) guide on all things omicron and the Commonwealth aged care workers bonus payment.
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Aged Care Watch
Understaffing in Aged Care is unbelievable.
We’ve had enough. Your union has launched a new online tool to report unfilled shifts, understaffing and workload issues and demonstrate the scale of the problem nationwide.
By adding a report, you are raising community awareness and helping us put real pressure on decision makers to fund more care-time.
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Standing united as thousands of Aged Care workers we can change our sector for the better!
union member benefits
Unions were started for workers, by workers to give them a stronger voice at work and in the community. Unions collectively bargain for better pay and conditions, provide representation at work, and engage in community and political campaigns that impact members’ lives. Joining the union is joining a collective, standing together for a better future.
United Workers Union (UWU) is the union for workers in Aged Care across a variety of roles including:
- Care workers
- Hospitality staff and cooks
- Nursing Assistants
- Laundry workers
- Maintenance workers
Our coverage extends across:
- Western Australia
- South Australia
- Northern Territory
UWU is also the union for Home Care workers in NSW, Qld, WA, SA, NT and ACT.
If you’re unsure or have any questions, get in touch with us here.
If you used to be represented by United Voice – that’s us! United Voice merged with NUW to form UWU in 2019.
If you work in Aged Care in another state, you may be represented by another union like the HSU – find your union through the ACTU here.
No. The Fair Work Act 2009 states that in Australia, everyone has the right to be a member of a union. Your employer cannot discriminate against you or prevent you from being a member, or from seeking help from your organiser or local union office.
In fact if your employer or manager is discouraging you from joining your union – that is the strongest indication that you need union protection.
If you’re particularly worried about your situation, call our friendly Membership Services Team to discuss.
Union membership fees change slightly based on where you work and what you’re paid – most membership fees are $13.25 a week. The join form will display the right fee grade once you enter your occupation information, before you submit your details.
Yes, union membership is 100% tax deductible!
When joining online you can select to pay either by credit/debit card, or via direct debit.
You can also select your payment frequency: weekly, fortnightly, or monthly, so you can align it with your pay cycle.
Unions are run to benefit their members, not for profit. Membership fees are used to provide services and advocate on behalf of members, like representation and legal support, training and development opportunities, expert information, collectively bargain on behalf of workers, and run community/political campaigns to further our members interests (like our Change Aged Care campaign!).