Who We Are
We stand together for a fair deal for retail, fast food and warehouse workers to improve your pay and conditions at work.
From pay negotiation to legal advice and free accident insurance, the benefits of being a member of the SDA are huge.
We make sure you know your rights at work and are on hand to help if something goes wrong.
We are your voice at work. And the more members we have, the more we can achieve.
What We Do
- Better wages & conditions: We will negotiate and fight for the best possible wages and employment conditions on your behalf.
- Protection & security: Our legal team are experts at dealing with unfair dismissal, wage underpayments, bullying and harassment and worker’s compensation.
- Workplace Health & Safety: We advocate for safe, healthy and productive workplaces for all our members. And if you’re injured at work, our legal team is there to help you.
- Advice & support: If you have a question, whether it’s about your roster or your rate of pay, we can help provide you with the right advice and support.
Who Cares? A Fair Share of Work & Care
This report provides information about the work, family and care arrangements of employees in Australia’s retail, fast food and warehousing industries. Through the pandemic, these workers have been recognised for their essential contributions in maintaining safe access to food and other necessities for the community. Yet this recognition is not reflected in their employment conditions and supports; they remain low paid and lack access to the flexibility arrangements which assist workers in other industries to provide care to children and adults, and to manage work and family commitments.Share your story
Subway Zombie Agreements - We Need Your Help
Currently, Zombie Agreements are one of the biggest contributing factors to some Subway workers being paid less than the minimum entitlements in the Fast Food Industry Award. Under some of these Agreements workers could be losing more than $100 per four hour shift. There are over 353 different Subway Agreements in operation around Australia, with most Agreements operating past their nominal expiry date.Apply to terminate your Agreement
COVID-19: Important information for SDA members
Across Australia the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 (or coronavirus) is impacting everyone in our community. The SDA understands this is a distressing time, especially for retail staff in supermarkets. Supermarket workers are frontline workers ensuring Australians have food on the table and essential items. The SDA is here to support you. The situation is ongoing and changes rapidly and the SDA is doing its best to ensure that your health and safety at work is the number one priority.Read more
Join retail, fast food and warehousing workers from across Australia fighting for a fair go at work.Join now
A union is an organisation of workers who join together to achieve common workplace goals through collective bargaining. A union represents workers in a particular industry by negotiating for job security, fair pay and better working conditions. A union provides members with workplace information, support and advice, shop floor representation when a problem arises, and legal representation for underpayments, unfair dismissals and workers compensation.
The SDA can negotiate your wages and conditions with your employer and in Awards so that you don’t have to. We can provide workplace information and support if you have a problem at work. If things get serious, the SDA provides free legal representation for unfair dismissals, underpayments and workers compensation.
Any worker working in the retail, fast food, warehousing, hair and beauty, and modelling industries can join the SDA.
If you’re not a member, we can’t help you. If you have a pre-existing issue when you join, we are unable to help you with that particular issue. However, we will be able to help you with all workplace issues that arise after you’ve joined the SDA.
Yes, you can join the SDA and have full access to all the benefits of union membership even if there are no other union members in your workplace.
No. You have a right to be a union member and that right is protected under General Protections provisions of the Fair Work Act. You do not need to disclose your union membership to your employer unless you wish to.
No. You do not have to tell your employer that you are a member of the union unless you wish to.
The SDA has an office in every state and territory across Australia.
SDA Victoria Branch
Level 3, 65 Southbank Boulevard
SOUTHBANK, VIC 3006
Phone: 03 9698 1400 or 1800 133 048
SDA New South Wales Branch
Level 3, 8 Quay Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9281 7022 or 131 732
SDA Newcastle and Northern Branch
Level 1, 710 Hunter Street
NEWCASTLE WEST, NSW 2302
Phone: 02 4961 4694
SDA Queensland Branch
385 St Pauls Terrace
FORTITUDE VALLEY, QLD 4006
Phone: 07 3833 9500 or 1800 657 141
SDA South Australia Branch
69 Fullarton Road
KENT TOWN, SA 5067
Phone: 08 8139 1000 or 1800 806 398
SDA Western Australia Branch
Level 5, 25 Barrack Street
PERTH, WA 6000
Phone: 1300 275 732 or 08 9221 4321
SDA Tasmania Branch
72 York Street
LAUNCESTON, TAS 7250
Phone: 03 6331 8166
SDA National Office
Level 6 53 Queen Street
MELBOURNE VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 8611 7000