National Union of Workers (NUW)

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About the NUW 

Organisation type & coverage: a union of employees connected to a range of industries including warehousing, distribution, storing and packing (click on 'Find out more' for further information).

Financial year: 1 July to 30 June

Date of registration: 1 October 1912, originally as the Federated Storemen and Packers Union of Australia

An amalgamation with the Federated Rubber Workers Union of Australia in 1988 resulted in the organisation being known as the National Union of Workers. Four subsequent amalgamations with other employee organisations occurred in the early 1990s.

The union represents employees in a range of industries and occupations, including:

  • warehousing and distribution
  • storing and packing of goods and merchandise
  • food manufacturing
  • rubber, plastic and cable-making
  • dairy and cold storage
  • poultry, fish and game processing
  • wool broking
  • oil
  • pet food
  • fast moving consumable goods
  • pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution, and
  • market research, sales and marketing.

The organisation has a branch in New South Wales, one in Victoria, and a third branch known as the General Branch, which covers the remaining membership of the organisation throughout Australia as well as membership in specified occupational groupings.

The branches of the organisation are reporting units for the purposes of financial reporting; however, the General Branch has a reporting exemption under s.245 of the RO Act (financial reporting on an alternative basis). The National Office now lodges a financial report that covers both the National Office and the General Branch.

The organisation is governed by a National Council consisting of the National Office Bearers and Delegates from the branches. The organisation is also governed by a National Committee of Management. The governance, management and control of the affairs of each branch are vested in the respective Branch Committees of Management.

Elections across the organisation are conducted every 4 years. These elections are conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission.

For the current rules, information on rules, rule alterations and permits, please see the Fair Work Commission website. These matters are dealt with by the Fair Work Commission.

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Documents Type Year Branch Branch status Comments Code
AR2017/38 Annual returns 2017 -central office- 080V
AR/2016/130 Annual returns 2016 -central office- 080V
FR2016/183 Financial reports 2016 -central office- Financial year ending 30 June 2016 080V
FR2016/182 Financial reports 2016 Victorian Branch Financial year ending 30 June 2016 080VVIC
AR2015/139 Annual returns 2015 -central office- 080V
FR2015/264 Financial reports 2015 -central office- Financial year ending 30 June 2015 080V
FR2015/263 Financial reports 2015 Victorian Branch Financial year ending 30 June 2015 080VVIC
AR2014/230 Annual returns 2014 -central office- 080V
E2014/225 Elections 2014 -central office- 080V
E2014/77 Elections 2014 -central office- 080V
FR2014/300 Financial reports 2014 -central office- Financial year ending 30 June 2014 080V
AR2014/199 Annual returns 2014 General Branch 080VFS
AR2014/231 Annual returns 2014 New South Wales Branch 080VNSW
FR2014/301 Financial reports 2014 New South Wales Branch Financial year ending 30 June 2014 080VNSW
AR2014/229 Annual returns 2014 Victorian Branch 080VVIC
FR2014/299 Financial reports 2014 Victorian Branch Financial year ending 30 June 2014 080VVIC
AR2013/321 Annual returns 2013 -central office- 080V
FR2013/377 Financial reports 2013 -central office- Financial year ending 30 June 2013 080V
AR2013/277 Annual returns 2013 General Branch 080VFS
E2013/244 Elections 2013 General Branch 080VFS
AR2013/322 Annual returns 2013 New South Wales Branch 080VNSW
FR2013/378 Financial reports 2013 New South Wales Branch Financial year ending 30 June 2013 080VNSW
AR2013/320 Annual returns 2013 Victorian Branch 080VVIC
FR2013/376 Financial reports 2013 Victorian Branch Financial year ending 30 June 2013 080VVIC
AR2012/421 Annual returns 2012 -central office- 080V
FR2012/479 Financial reports 2012 -central office- Financial year ending 30 June 2012 080V
AR2012/377 Annual returns 2012 General Branch 080VFS
FR2012/434 Financial reports 2012 General Branch Financial year ending 30 June 2012 080VFS
AR2012/422 Annual returns 2012 New South Wales Branch 080VNSW
FR2012/480 Financial reports 2012 New South Wales Branch Financial year ending 30 June 2012 080VNSW
AR2012/420 Annual returns 2012 Victorian Branch 080VVIC
FR2012/478 Financial reports 2012 Victorian Branch Financial year ending 30 June 2012 080VVIC
AR2011/2728 Annual returns 2011 -central office- 080V
FR2011/2796 Financial reports 2011 -central office- Financial year ending 30 June 2011 080V
AR2011/2690 Annual returns 2011 General Branch 080VFS
FR2011/2756 Financial reports 2011 General Branch Financial year ending 30 June 2011 080VFS
AR2011/2729 Annual returns 2011 New South Wales Branch 080VNSW
FR2011/2797 Financial reports 2011 New South Wales Branch Financial year ending 30 June 2011 080VNSW
AR2011/2727 Annual returns 2011 Victorian Branch 080VVIC
FR2011/2795 Financial reports 2011 Victorian Branch Financial year ending 30 June 2011 080VVIC
AR2010/2697 Annual returns 2010 -central office- 080V
AR2010/2725 Annual returns 2010 -central office- 080V
E2010/2532 Elections 2010 -central office- including Branches 080V
E2010/2656 Elections 2010 -central office- 080V
FR2010/2782 Financial reports 2010 -central office- Financial year ending 30 June 2010 080V
FR2010/2751 Financial reports 2010 General Branch Financial year ending 30 June 2010 080VFS
AR2010/2726 Annual returns 2010 New South Wales Branch 080VNSW
FR2010/2783 Financial reports 2010 New South Wales Branch Financial year ending 30 June 2010 080VNSW
FR2010/2812 Financial reports 2010 Queensland Branch Closed Financial year ending 12 August 2009 080VQLD
FR2010/2813 Financial reports 2010 South Australian Branch Closed Financial year ending 12 August 2009 080VSAB
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