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Your Right to Freedom of Association


Freedom of Association is simply the right to:

  • choose whether to join or not join a union or for employers, an employer association; and
  • protection from discrimination or victimisation as a result of your choice to, or not to be a member of a union or employer association.

These rights of association are extended to employees, employers, as well as independent contractors.

If you are a Code Certified Entity under the ACT Secure Local Jobs Code, you have the obligation to ensure that your workers are aware of their rights to freedom of association. It is a good practice that members provide information about freedom of association as part of their induction process for any new workers. Members can also reinforce this information in toolbox talk or other forms of communication when necessary.

MBA has prepared a template script for members to use when informing their workers of their right to freedom of association. You can access the template script here.

MBA also provides free training on freedom of association and right of entry to our members.

If you would like to arrange a training session for you or your workers or have any questions in relation to freedom of association, please contact our Workplace Relations and Legal team on (02) 6175 5900.