Unions and employer associations

Clicking on the links below will result in you leaving the Fair Work Ombudsman website. The websites below are not maintained or funded by the Commonwealth of Australia.

Since 1 July 2009, industrial organisations such as employer associations and unions have been able to apply to the Fair Work Commission for registration under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (the RO Act). These organisations provide support and advice to employers and employees to help them better understand their rights and obligations in the workplace.

As of 1 May 2017, the Registered Organisations Commission regulates registered organisations. However, some registered organisations functions remain with the Fair Work Commission. 

The organisations listed below are not associated with the Fair Work Ombudsman or the Australian Government. Clicking a link to the below organisations will take you out of this website.

There are industrial associations active in Australia that are not registered under the RO Act, such as your local chamber of commerce, that can also offer assistance.

Find your industry:

Building and construction | Cleaning | Clerical | Education | Entertainment | Fire | Finance | Food manufacturing | Government | Graphic design and print | Hair and beauty | Health | Horticulture, pastoral and agriculture | Hospitality and fast food | Metal, engineering and manufacturing | Real estate | Retail | Road Transport | Security | Social and community services | Sport | Stevedoring and maritime | Timber | Vehicle retail, services and manufacturing

Peak organisations

Only registered organisations (an organisation registered under the Fair Work Act) are included in the below list. They're ordered by industry and categorised as either an employer association (E) or union (U).

Multiple Industries

These registered organisations provide support and advice to employers and employees in a broad variety of industries. You can contact them directly for further information.

National

State and territory based

Building and construction

National

State and territory based

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Cleaning

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Clerical

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Education

National

State-based

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Entertainment

National

State-based

  • Victorian Showmen's Guild (E)

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Fire

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Finance

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Food manufacturing

National

State-based

  • Breweries and Bottleyards Employees' Industrial Union of Workers of Western Australia, The (U)

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Government

National

State-based

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Graphic design and print

National

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Hair and Beauty

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Health

National

State-based

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Horticulture, pastoral and agriculture

National

State-based

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Hospitality and fast food

National

State-based

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Metal, engineering and manufacturing

National

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Real estate

National 

State-based

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Retail

National

State-based

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Road Transport

National

State-based

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Security

National

State-based

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Social and community services

National

State and territory based

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Sport

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Stevedoring and maritime

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Timber

National

State-based

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Vehicle retail, services and manufacturing

National

State-based

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