Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union


Graphic Design Committee

Graphic Design Committee

Join the Creative Hub and help design your future.

Are you a creative worker in the design, print, packaging or communications industry?  Are you a freelance graphic designer working for different clients and agencies or maybe a design school graduate just starting out?  Do you operate a small design business or work for a large organisation as an in-house creative?  Then the Design, Print & Packaging division of the AMWU is the union for you - and right now we need your help. We are listening to our members and have set up a Graphic Design Committee to oversee the establishment of a Creative Hub.  A digital hub, where everyone working in visual communications can converge to network and access information that is relevant to their needs, from finding that first graduate position to transitioning to retirement and all the challenges in between. 

In addition to the current features and benefits of union membership, the Graphic Design Committee are taking on board new ideas from current members and are exploring workplace issues that creative workers are facing around the globe. This is just the beginning, and we are calling for more engagement from members and anyone
interested in joining us on this journey to design a better future for everyone working in the visual communications sector.  Media Super are also supporting this initiative and will be on hand to offer financial and superannuation planning tailored to your specific needs. Media Super are the industry super fund dedicated to the print, media, entertainment, arts and creative industries. 

How will the Creative Hub work?

The Creative Hub will be a stand-alone platform with up-to-date information that is useful and relevant for those of us working in the commercial creative space. The focus will be on grassroots issues that impact our careers and ultimately how we live our life.

Over the next 12 months the Graphic Design Committee will be meeting regularly to plan and action all the steps needed to set up the platform. Here are some current benefits and some new ideas that we will be exploring:

Planning your career

For those looking for work, there will be the opportunity to post a portfolio, a jobs board advertising industry specific positions, and an invitation to contact fellow members for advice and mentoring.

Your rights at work

Learn about your rights as a full-time, part-time, casual or freelance worker.  Be aware of minimum wage rates and fair hourly rates for all graphic design workers. We aim to create a community of transparency around wages and rates.

Help sustain our industry

Campaign for sustainable products designed and made in Australia. Help prevent unpaid internships and the off shoring of graphic design work. Advocate for the input value of graphic design across all industries.

The right tools for the job

Access to resources for contracting, intellectual property and accounting needs.

Learn from each other

Participate in creative networking, mentoring and idea sharing. Explore cooperative ways of working and group buying opportunities. We aim to create a knowledge base of helpful resources for those just starting out in their careers and for every stage that follows.

Learn from the experts

Opportunities for professional development and continuing education. Access to education will play a role in bringing people together towards collective action.

Saving for your sustainable future

Take advantage of ongoing professional advice for financial, insurance and superannuation planning from Media Super, a low-fee member owned fund focused on ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance).

Address the lack of diversity in design leadership

As design graduates, women usually outnumber men, and yet according to The Agency Circle, 74% of creative and design professionals in Australian advertising are men.  We need to bake diversity + inclusion into policy and real action.

A union that grows with you

From special packages for students and recent graduates to $5 per year for retired members, the union is here for the long haul.  All union dues are 100% tax deductible.

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