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Member Information

About joining

To join the MEU Western Australian District, you must work in our industries and regions of coverage.

MEU Western Australia covers coal mine workers and power station operators; and iron ore train drivers in the Pilbara. We cover permanent employees and contractors.

Iron ore production workers in the Pilbara are covered by our joint venture the Western Mineworkers Alliance.

The National Assistance Fund (NAF) supports lodge Members through tough times in three main ways:

Mortality Benefit – Funds paid to the beneficiary of a member passing as a result of a workplace accident. The levy is paid to the beneficiary as soon as possible after the member passing.

Disputed Workers Compensation Claims Assistance – Financial assistance while a member is off work and not being paid due to a disputed workers compensation claim. Subject to approval from the fund.

Industrial Disputation Assistance – Financial assistance during times of industrial disputation, qualifying guidelines apply.

Industrial Disputation Assistance – Financial assistance during times of industrial disputation, qualifying guidelines apply.

Insurance cover from your home to place of employment and return should an accident happen causing injury or death.

  • 14 days qualifying period
  • Member does not have to exhaust personal leave prior to accessing coverage
  • 104 weeks at 85% of base salary up to $1000 per week Death benefit if death is a result of travelling to and from your place of employment Funeral Expenses up to $7,500 if death is a result from an accident while travelling to and from your place of employment
  • Rehabilitation benefit
  • Union Representation support person being available to you when required for all related work issues.
  • Workers Compensation Claims Assistance and legal representation during the workers compensation claims process.
  • Unfair Dismissal Assistance and support during unfair dismissal claims, at no cost to the member.
  • Wage Recovery Assistance with any wage recovery issues/claims.
  • OH&S Issue Assistance with any workplace OH&S issues.
  • Workplace Discrimination Assistance with any workplace discrimination issues.
  • EBA Negotiations Representative District Secretary and MEULegal Officer to fight for your rights and conditions in the process of Enterprise Agreement Bargaining.

A discounted shopping program is provided through Shoprite with many shopping discounts available for items such as Motor Vehicles, White Goods, Computers, Pharmacy and Travel etc.
Contact Shoprite direct on 1300 650 214

Members and their family only are entitled to a newly negotiated corporate rate for 2023 for their stay at the Duxton Hotel, 1 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA. Should the corporate rate be more than the online advertised price, the lesser price will be applied.

Room TypeBeddingMember Rate
Deluxe RoomKing or Double$180 per night
Club City RoomKing or Double$220 per night

The Club Room includes access to the hotels Club Lounge for a complimentary gourmet breakfast and complimentary evening dinks and canape’s, which is located up on the Club Level Floor. The Club Rooms are located on the top 2 levels of the hotel.

The Club Room includes access to the hotels Club Lounge for a complimentary gourmet breakfast and complimentary evening dinks and canape’s, which is located up on the Club Level Floor. The Club Rooms are located on the top 2 levels of the hotel.

  • Full buffet breakfast in the Firewater Grille Restaurant is reduced by 35% from $42.00 to $30.00 per person.
  • Valet parking is reduced by 45% from $55.00 to $30.00.
  • Additional 10% discount off Best Available Rate to ensure access to the best rates. Additional 10% discount off Food and Beverages excluding already reduced items, special or happy hour prices.

If you would like to book by phone direct with the Duxton Hotel Perth please call 08 9261 8012. You will need to quote your Mining & Energy Union WA membership number and upon check in to the Hotel you will need to present your membership card along with your ID in the same name as the membership.

Learn more about the Duxton Hotel – luxury accommodation in the heart of the Perth CBD.

Service Providers and Partners

Mineworkers Trust provides funding for hospitals, schools, sporting groups, emergency services and many other community projects.

Annually MWT awards scholarships to MEU family members to pursue tertiary education. Read More about Scholarships.

The Trust has a truly remarkable history, beginning in the 1970s when the operators of the Nymboida Mine, near Grafton, declared bankruptcy and abandoned the lease. The workers staged a “work in” believing the mine was still viable. And so began “the Mine the Workers ran”. A series of negotiations between the Union and the State Government resulted in ownership being granted to the Miners Federation. Thus began the new initiative of United Collieries, a new joint venture with the Federation as lease owner and a number of big mining companies who provided finance for developing the mine.

So far the Trust has returned more than $10 million dollars to Australian mining communities.

About Mineworkers Trust – interview with Andrew Vickers

Since 1941, Mine Super has been committed to the retirement outcomes of its members and being a trusted super partner in the communities they serve. Mine Super knows you’re working hard to secure Australia’s future, so they’ll help secure yours.

Mine Super:

  • Is a profit-to-member fund, focussed on making decisions that are in the best interests of members.
  • Offers insurance to workers in coal mining and other high-risk occupations.
  • Understands the challenges associated with shift work and remote Fly In / Fly Out occupations.
  • Has regional offices near key mining regions, an Australian based member Contact Centre and experienced personnel able to make site visits.
  • Offers all members access to financial advice through Mine Super Financial Advice.

If you have any questions about whether Mine Super is right for you, don’t forget they’re here to help. Refer to the Product Disclosure Statement and Target Market Determination on their website when considering if their financial products are right for you.

Unity Bank started in 1970 as Waterside Workers’ of Australia Credit Union when a group of dedicated people from the maritime industry got together and formed a mutual financial institution to benefit all maritime workers and their families when the big banks refused.

Since then, it has expanded and now includes Members in power, mining, forestry and energy, their families and the local communities. Today, thanks to the loyalty and support of our Members, we have grown into a strong and healthy financial institution that has remained 100% owned by Unity Bank Members – by you.

Benefits of Unity Bank membership include:

Learn more about the Unity Bank MEU Supporter Package designed to help you gain the most from your finances and to assist you during periods of challenge or hardship in your workplace or community.

The Western Australian District has partnered with Slater & Gordon Lawyers to offer legal services to union members, covering:

  • Industrial and Employment Law
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Claims
  • Asbestos and Silicosis Claims
  • Superannuation and Disability Claims
  • Medical Law
  • Public and Product Liability
  • Wills and Estate Planning

Each member is entitled to a free initial consultation. To arrange a referral please contact the MEU WA District on 08 9734 5600.

Members are entitled to an *5 discount on their health insurance policy with HBF and up to 12% discount on top level hospital and extras cover.

Members will receive:

Up to 12 months complimentary HBF Health insurance payable in any five-year period while on sick leave without pay, if and for as long as the members employment in not terminated, this agreement with HBF is not terminated and the sick leave without pay is not covered by workers compensation.

On the death of the member, the spouse and dependents on the membership will receive 6 months complimentary health insurance at the premium on the membership held at the time of death.

Waived two month waiting periods on most hospital and essential services for those taking out private health insurance for the first time or upgrading their level of cover – refer to the HBF terms and conditions.

Credit full length of membership if transferring from another health provider.

15% off Running Warehouse.

Discounted Entertainment.

Discounted Sunglasses.

5 for FREE – Visit HBF Stadium or HBF Arena five times to use the gym, pool or attend a fitness class for free.

Gym Discounts at Snap Fitness and Jetts.

15% off discounted flu vaccinations and free health checks at Friendlies Pharmacies.

And more (terms and conditions apply)

If you wish to join, please call 1300 132 549, or email [email protected] or visit a branch of HBF. You will need to quote your membership number and be a current financial member to be eligible for all discounts and pay your health insurance via a direct debit in order to qualify for the benefits.

2024 MEU General Elections

Nominations for the MEU General Elections open on 15 April 2024 and close on 6 May 2024.  The ballot period will open on 20 May 2024 and close on 11 June 2024.  Notices for the National Office and each individual District and the respective nomination forms are available here:

Western Australian District Notice

Western Australian District Nomination Form

MEU WA Financial Statements

MEU WA Audited Financial Statement FY Ending 31 December 2024

Western Australian District Financial Report Year Ended December 2022