Members Plus Benefits is designed to deliver more for you and your family from your TWU membership.
The Funeral Benefit option is provided to members to ensure peace of mind that they have the cost of their funeral covered to the value of $7,000 – it’s one less thing your family will have to worry about in the event of your passing.
As of 2019, the Funeral Benefit is available from $1.50 a week.
Members’ Support Fund
The Members Support Fund is to provide TWU members with the peace of mind when they are bargaining their wages and conditions. If you are forced to go on strike to get a better deal you will be able to pay your bills and meet your family commitments.
As of 2020, the Members’ Support Fund is available from $2.00 a week.
Personal Accident and Sickness Cover
Available to both employee and owner driver members of the TWU, this Policy covers TWU members for loss of income arising from illness, provided they are under 62 years of age and accident, provided they are under 69 years of age. The policy will be paid at 85% of gross earnings limited to either.
Option 1 – $500 per week, for a maximum period of 104 weeks
As of 2020, this option is available from $22.00 a week.
Option 2 – $1000 per week, for a maximum period of 104 weeks
As of 2020, this option is available from $40.50 a week.
Option 3 – $1200 per week, for a maximum period of 104 weeks
As of 2020, this option is available from $46.00 a week.
Option 4 – $1500 per week, for a maximum period of 104 weeks
As of 2020, this option is available from $55.50 a week.
Political Activist Fund
Help the TWU continue to deliver effective Government outcomes like Equal Rates for Bus Drivers, a Federal Safe Rates Watchdog, and Wage Equality for Labour Hire. As of 2018, the Fund is available at $2.00 a week.
The policy covers legal liability for injury to members of the public and/or damage to their property arising in the course of operating your business as an owner driver. It does not cover any liability arising from the actual use of your vehicle. This liability is covered by your compulsory third party insurance or your motor vehicle property damage policy.
Limit of liability – $10,000,000.00
As of 2020, this policy is available from $5.10 a week.
Carriers Load Insurance
Also known as Transit Insurance, this policy is designed to cover the loss of freight while in your custody.
Scope of cover: damage to load resulting from fire, flood, collision, overturning of the conveying vehicle including accidental damage to the load while loading and unloading, theft, pilferage and non delivery of the load.
Limit of cover – $100,000.00
As of 2020 this option is available from $8.99 a week.
This policy covers loss of weekly income and capital benefits arising from an injury whilst the Insured is travelling directly between his or her place of residence and place of business. Coverage extends to 85% of pre-disability earnings to a maximum of $1500 per week.
As of 2020 this option is available from $0.58 a week.
How do I make payments?
Members Plus Benefits can be made along with your normal TWU membership contributions – except payroll deduction. Simply add them during your online memberships application or by calling the head office on 1800 804 533.
What happens if I retire?
As long as you are a TWU member you and your family will be able to access the Members Plus Funeral Benefit. Retired members are eligible to apply for our Retired Members Club to help maintain their Funeral Benefit and maintain solidarity with the union.