Working in the media, arts and entertainment industries – whether as a journalist, a musician, an usher, a basketball player, a technician or an actor – often means unusual hours of work, non-traditional workplaces and uncertain employment.
One of the best ways to ensure power at work is through a collective agreement. MEAA fights hard to introduce collective agreements at every workplace because they are the best and often only way of protecting basic employment conditions such as minimum hours of work, travel allowances, workplace safety and overtime.
To view the collective agreements negotiated by MEAA members, visit our Resources page (members only).
MEAA is one of the most prominent and well-regarded voices in Australia on issues regarding the media and creative industries. Throughout the year MEAA runs campaigns that benefit members by lobbying government, employers, generating media attention, and using traditional and new media tools to engage and inform the public about our fight.
MEAA has a long history of successful campaigns that protect employment opportunities, improve members’ health, safety and work conditions and significantly benefit the arts, media and cultural industries.
For further information about our advocacy work visit our Campaigns page.
The mission of the Equity Foundation is to assist, educate and inspire performers.
For more than 10 years the foundation has run an extensive professional development program, which includes 100 workshops, masterclasses and in conversations throughout the country every year.
The Equity Foundation also publishes equity – a quarterly magazine by performers for performers; hosts film screenings, offers scholarships and runs a prestigious awards program.
The services of the Equity Foundation are free-of-charge for members of the MEAA Equity section.
The Walkley Foundation’s mission is to foster excellence in journalism and support a robust and independent media.
The foundation manages the prestigious Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism, the Young Australian Journalist of the Year Award and Freelance Journalist of the Year Award as well as professional development. The Foundation also produces The Walkley Magazine – Inside the Media in Australia and New Zealand.
Many of the services of the Walkley Foundation are discounted for MEAA Media members. The Walkley Magazine is sent to all MEAA Media members for free, entry to the Walkey Awards is free ($260 per category for non-members) and discounts are offered for workshops and masterclasses, plus many free events such as photo exhibitions and Media Talks.
As members of the organisation for Australia’s creative professionals MEAA members receive significant discounts from a range of companies and organisations including cinemas, theatres, insurance companies, law firms, travel agencies, restaurants, superannuation, banking, clothing and cafes.
To find a discount deal for you, head to our Discounts page.
MEAA brings members together to network, build power at work, identify issues and opportunities, keep pace with changes in our industries and fight for a better deal.
MEAA holds regular conferences, seminars, classes and other activities that focus on the latest developments affecting our industries so that members are kept up to date. Regular social activities encourage members to meet, network and exchange ideas. MEAA also works with key partners that allow our members to interact and develop relationships that will help enrich members’ working lives.
To find out about upcoming events, visit our Events page.