Through strength in numbers, the SDA provides employment protection, expert confidential advice and assistance, plus up-to-date information on Awards and Enterprise Bargaining Agreements.

Our membership is diverse and covers

  • Retail Workers
  • Fast Food Workers
  • Hairdressers
  • Mannequins and Models
  • Motor Industry Workers
  • Warehouse Personnel
  • Pharmacy Assistants
  • Beauticians
  • Clerks
The SDA is one of Australia’s largest Private Sector Union bodies and caters to the requirements of all retail industry. With a membership in Tasmania of over 6,000 and 230,000 nationally, we are able to achieve and improve many things in the workplace.

The SDA is registered under the Commonwealth Fair Work Act 2009. It is governed by the rules of the Association and our audited accounts are published annually and sent to all members. 

Think of us an insurance policy against unfair dismissal or any other unfair practice in the workplace defending workers rights and improving the working environment.

Our members appreciate and enjoy fair pay for the work they do, the feeling of security and being treated with respect and dignity. This belief underpins everything we do for our members and we only act on their behalf when instructed to do so.

We offer

  • Free legal advice
  • Support with Workers Compensation
  • Health & Safety
  • Free confidential phone advice
  • Accident Insurance
  • Text book scholarships

A member of the SDA never goes to work alone

We also know that a bit of extra financial help never goes astray. So, along with many other benefits, we provide all our members with free membership to the Frequent Values programme and also a free insurance policy which covers our members for accidents that may occur outside of the workplace.

Along with all these benefits and so much more, we prove that it doesn’t cost, it pays to belong to the SDA union.

The SDA protects its members against threats to their jobs and unfair practices such as

  • Unfair Dismissal
  • Victimisation
  • Intimidation
  • Bullying
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Discrimination