Every day we work to improve the lives of Transport Workers, their families and communities.

The Transport Workers’ Union has been the collective voice for the men and women working in the Australian transport industry for more than one hundred and twenty years. From humble beginnings at the turn of the last century, the TWU has grown to represent employees and owner-operators in every State and Territory, who work across a wide range of industries including aviation, mining, oil and gas, road transportation and freight logistics, public transport and waste management.

Our role as a union has always been to secure the best pay, conditions and safety standards for each and every one of our members. As a national organisation, the TWU has the collective power to create real change within the lives of not only transport workers, but also their families and the communities they live in. This helps to stand the TWU apart as a union that works to make a tangible difference within our communities and as a union that is not afraid to challenge an all-too-often apathetic status quo.

Nationally we work together to organise our workplaces and create a safer industry, with workers who are treated with respect and dignity and improve member’s pay and conditions. We work to increase the political and industrial power of our members so they become leaders in the community and work towards our shared goals.

Throughout the years we have continued to comprehensively and effectively campaign across the workplace, within the community, through local and national media and with Governments past and present.

Our goal is to make sure that transport workers working in Australia get a fair go, with equal entitlements and safe working conditions for the men and women who are the back bone of the Australian economy.

If you want to join the union you can
contact your state branch or write to us and we’ll pass your details to the right people.

Michael Kaine is National Secretary,  Nick McIntosh is National Assistant Secretary. 

We are affiliated with Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and the International Transport Federation (ITF).

A not for profit organisation, TEACHOhas been established to conduct training in the transport industry.  The TWU sits on the board together with employer and academic representatives. The company has an independent chair.

For the TWU Report to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), 2017-18 click here.

For the 2018 TWU Financial Statement and the related auditors signed report, click here.

For the TWU Amendment to the Rules of the Transport Workers' Union of Australia, dated 24 May 2018, click here. 

The TWU recently conducted a full review of TWU Financial Policies and Procedures to ensure that we not only meet our legal obligations but lead the way on transparency and accountability when it comes our responsibility to our members.

TWU Election E2018/141: Quadrennial Elections for all TWU Office holders were conducted by the AEC and held in October and November 2018. A copy of the AEC’s Post-election Report is available to any member who was eligible to vote in the election. A member who wishes to receive a copy of this Report may do so by either contacting the TWU on (02) 8114 6500 or contacting the AEC on (02) 9375 6364 or
Further the AEC identified a Rule that was difficult to interpret or apply during the Quadrennial Elections. An extract of this part of the Post-election Report as well as the TWU’s response are contained in the links below.