About the CPSU

We have around 50,000 members working across the country, primarily in the public sector. 

Who can join?

CPSU membership is open to employees in a wide range of industries including the Federal and ACT and NT public sectors, telecommunications, call centres, employment services, commercial broadcasting, the aviation industry and science and research. Call our Member Service Centre on 1300 137 636 for more information or join the CPSU now.

Do you work for a state government?

The CPSU covers workers in the Federal and Territory Governments. For information about State public service unions, contact the State Public Service Federation

Protection and support at work

As a CPSU member, you will receive specialist advice and support whenever you need it. Our highly trained staff and network of delegates can help with:

  • pay, allowances and superannuation
  • your agreement, policy and legislation
  • workplace conflict, harassment, and bullying, and code of conduct issues
  • workers' compensation
  • leave and hours of work
  • performance and career development
  • health and safety issues

Better wages, better conditions

When CPSU members join together in the workplace to negotiate, they get a better deal. The more members we have, the more we can achieve together. In departments, agencies and companies with CPSU agreements, staff are more likely to get:

  • real wage increases
  • better sick leave and holiday entitlements
  • more access to benefits such as family-friendly conditions and paid maternity leave
  • better health and safety standards.

Protecting your rights

The CPSU is always working to protect the hard-won conditions and benefits members enjoy at work. Members who want to make a difference in their workplace and in their community can join in these campaigns. We believe every worker deserves:

  • dignity and respect
  • a safe and sustainable workplace
  • decent pay and conditions
  • rights at work
  • a balanced working life.

Together we provide a voice for all workers. We also support and promote a strong and independent public sector. As you can see there are a lot of reasons to join the CPSU.

How much does it cost?

CPSU membership is fully tax deducatable and costs between $5 to $17 a week - even less for part-timers and casuals. The full fee schedule is here.

CPSU members get access to a range of additional member benefits that mean real savings. Our Member Advantage benefits include 5% off Coles and Woolworths e-gift cards, 5% off fuel vouchers, discount health and travel insurance, and discount gift cards from a range of major shopping outlets - find out more here.