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With regard to acting unions in Australia this page and the links on it will give you a lot of information you need to know about union representation in that country and its benefits.
The union representative in Australia is the MEAA (Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance), which was formed by an amalgamation of the actors' union (Equity), the journalists' union (AJA), the Theatrical workers union (which includes people like cinema employees), and in Western Australia, the Musician's Union.
Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA)
Phone number: 1300 656 512 or +61 8 9227 7924
Fax: 1300 730 543
Please note that there is no compulsion to join acting unions in Australia. You cannot be discriminated against, or as in the USA for example, you can not be excluded from projects on the basis of union or non-union membership.
However, being a member of MEAA entitles you to a list of agents who are registered with the union as well as access to professional training programs. Members also receive free legal advice, assistance with contract law and someone to act on their behalf should there be any dispute or delay in payments. The union is also responsible for negotiating with employers everywhere and establishing an Award of minimum rates, hours of work, and work conditions. They will help members claim overtime payments or compensation, taking it to court if necessary. They provide advice and benefits to do with taxation, superannuation, and residual payments. If you are a member that is unemployed, having an agent, a CV demonstrating industry experience and having Union membership is enough to satisfy the job search test.
As a member, if you go overseas, you can suspend your union membership for a while, which means you wont have to continue to pay dues until you require union services again.
For more information on the Actors Equity of Australia
You can also go to the MEAA website for more information about acting unions in Australia.
Actors in Australia may also find it useful to visit these websites below; these are forums where issues concerning actors can be discussed.
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