Latest News

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

Older articles can be accessed through the ‘Archive’ tab, on the right hand side of the page.

Mannequins & Models Award

In June this year, the Fair Work commission granted a 3.3% wage increase for employees throughout Australia working under Modern Awards. This article outlines the wages for mannequins and models working under the Mannequins and Models Award 2010.

Domestic Violence: A Key Step in Responding

Unions, including the SDA, have been calling for paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave to be introduced in Modern Awards through a test case in the Fair Work Commission (FWC).

The SDA has already secured Domestic Violence Leave in several union-negotiated agreements but it’s crucial for this entitlement to extend to all workers.

Another Strong Year in Superannuation

REST Industry Super has delivered another year of strong investment performance to its members.

New Bangladesh Accord Will Protect Workers

Across the globe, brands, manufacturers and employers are becoming more aware of the urgent need to address worker exploitation in global supply ch

Spreading the Word

The SDA gets out and about to various events to educate people on their rights and the work of the Union.

The Battle Is On!

The focus of our Wangaratta (5– 11 June) and Albury/Wodonga (19-25 June) Roadshows was to alert Union members that the local Federal Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, had refused to commit to protecting penalty rates in the Federal Parliament.

We Want Free Parking For Staff At Southland To Continue

The SDA is totally opposed to Westfield imposing unfair car parking charges on retail and fast food workers at Southland.

Judicial Review Decision

How can you help protect the take-home pay of retail, fast food & pharmacy workers?

Penalty Rates: The Battle Is On

The SDA has now launched legal action in the Federal Court to appeal the Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut penalty rates.


October is 2-for-1 At Guardian Health & Fitness

SDA members can bring a friend, have some fun, and get fitter during the month of October at Guardian Health and Fitness.

It's time to warm up with some heart pumping group fitness sessions that will shake you out of your winter rut and get you active again.

That’s two people training for a total cost of just $10!


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Unions Working For Casuals Rights

In good news for casual workers, unions have won an important case to help secure better rights for them.

Supporting Life Saving Research

The SDA continues to support life saving research funded by the NBCF:


Think You Don't Need a Will? Think Again!

SDA members and their partners receive a free standard will kit from Maurice Blackburn.

It’s surprising how many Australians don’t have an up-to-date will, or any will at all.

If that’s you, and you want some control over what happens to your assets after you’ve gone, now is the time to get a legally binding will in place.

Call to Regulate Labour Hire Agencies

The Victorian Government conducted a review into the labour hire industry and also insecure work in 2016.

International Womens Day Award Goes to Bernadette Arathoon

The SDA held its annual International Women’s Day breakfast in March, with Deputy Premier James Merlino one of our many important guests.

Blood Donor Leave Saves Lives

As part of the 2017 round of modern award reviews, the SDA has made an application to the Fair Work Commission to have blood donor leave included in the General Retail Industry, Pharmacy Industry, Fast Food Industry, Hair and Beauty Industry and Mannequins and Models Awards.

SDA Roadshow Rolls Into Broadmeadows

The SDA roadshow visited the Broadmeadows area from 27 March to 2 April, with a stand at the town centre outside of Kmart on the Friday and Saturday.

Having a stand in the centre raised the profile of the SDA and our partners REST, ME Bank and Maurice Blackburn who all had representatives for our members to access. Many staff, SDA members, store managers, Hume City Councillors and community residents visited the stand over the two days.

Advertising Blitz Targets Cuts to Penalty Rates

The fight to protect penalty rates is far from over, as the SDA steps up the campaign in local communities across the country.

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.