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Recent news items and publications regarding issues important to our members can be viewed below.

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Union Action Saves Paid Parental Leave

The Turnbull Government has backed down from their proposed cuts to Paid Parental Leave, which would have forced retail workers back to work earlier after having a baby.

Unions, including the SDA, played a key role in protecting the current Paid Parental Leave Scheme by campaigning and lobbying key Senators.

Battle on Many Fronts

by Michael Donovan


As I write this editorial, the issue of penalty rates is hotting up.

Restaurants, Cafes, Hairdressers, All Move to Slash Penalty Rates

Media Release: 1/08/2017

Union Fee Increase

Arising from a National Executive decision in February 2017, there will be an increase in union fees, operative from 1 July 2017.

Safety Demands Action Week Coming Soon

The SDA will put health and safety front and centre during Safety Demands Action Week, which runs from 7-14 August this year.

It's Tax Time Again

The end of the financial year is just around the corner, and before you know it, it’ll be time to get your tax return organised.

If you’re preparing your own tax return, it needs to be lodged with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) by 31 October.

There are some tax deductions that you may be entitled to, a few of which are outlined here.

Rest Tops the Crop

REST has consistently delivered long-term investment performance for its customers since it was established in 1988.

As at December 2016, its largest investment option, the Core Strategy, had returned +8.69% p.a. since July 1988.

Your Workcover Rights

If you’re injured at work, it can be difficult to navigate the system. Of course, as an SDA member, we’re here to help you, but to get you going, here are answers to some of the questions we are most often asked.

These answers and more are also available from our FAQ section


Q: Is the store required to accept the Certificate of Capacity for a WorkCover claim?

Help Keep Christmas Day a Public Holiday

Send your Email to the Victorian Government


Big W Endeavour Hills Closes Its Doors

Big W Endeavour Hills opened in 1984, and closed its doors for the last time on 15 January 2017.

Fighting For Exploited 7-Eleven Workers

When the systemic underpayment and exploitation of 7-Eleven workers was revealed by ABC’s Four Corners and Fairfax Media in 2015, the nation was ag

Employees the Big Losers - Bosses the Big Winners

  • Retail and pharmacy workers lose 50% for working on Sunday.
  • Workers lose 25% for working on public holidays.

No Excuse For Abuse

Thousands of retail and fast food workers experienced abuse or violence from a customer in the last year and it is unacceptable.

Over the festive season, the SDA ran a nation-wide campaign calling for respect for retail and fast food workers.

The campaign was widely supported by SDA members, workers and the wider community who helped spread the word.

We urged customers to keep their cool during the busy festive season in stores and in fast food restaurants.


Surveying Our Members

The SDA also launched an online survey to ask retail and fast food workers about the customer violence and abuse they experienced at work.

Feedback from workers is essential to better understand the issues they face and how to address the issue.

Your Long Service Leave Questions Answered

The SDA was at the frontline in lobbying the State Government for better and fairer long service leave benefits. Improvements were made in 2005.

Understanding the laws can be confusing! So let’s look at some of the most commonly asked questions about long service leave:

All of these FAQ's and more are also available from the FAQ section 


Q: How much long service leave am I entitled to and when is it due?

Paid Parental Leave Protected - For Now

Last year, the SDA ran a strong campaign to protect Paid Parental Leave (PPL) after the Federal Coalition Government proposed cuts that would leave

Managers: Keep Out of Medical Appointments

All SDA members should be aware that managers and insurance companies have no right to attend your medical appointments, even if it is for a work-related injury.

Penalty Rates Cut to See $667 Million Lost to Workers in Regional Communities

New data from the McKell Institute released today shows workers in 45 regional communities will lose $667 million each year from penalty rates cuts

We're Applying to Federal Court to Stop Penalty Rates Cuts

The Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut penalty for retail, fast food and pharmacy workers covered by Awards is unfair – we want it stopped.

Mildura Roadshow

The ‘SDA Mildura Roadshow’ landed in Mildura in the week beginning 13 February.

2-For-1 Month at Luna Park This May

During May 2017, when you visit Luna Park, and buy one ticket, you'll get another for free*.


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