FSU Research and Policy

The FSU’s research and policy team prepares high level research and policy advice for FSU members and the FSU executive.

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Our policy and research work includes preparation of briefing papers and submissions that highlight the challenges and impact of legislation and proposed legislation and policy on workers in the finance industry.

Our work in the industrial and political spheres highlights policy outcomes and proposals which will directly and indirectly impact workers in our industry and more broadly. The research and policy team work to ensure that governments, stakeholders and affiliates are aware of the issues that matter to finance workers as well as the impact that legislative changes might have on finance workers.

FSU’s research & policy team coordinates the development of policy submissions to parliamentary inquiries, liaises with allied trade unions, political parties, and non-government organisations (NGOs). The FSU has the capacity through this work to ensure the voices of finance workers are heard by both external and industry bodies. We also give FSU members the opportunity to contribute to our examination of finance sector industry work trends both locally and internationally.

The FSU produces high level policy advice based on a combination of original research, collaboration with academic and policy institutes and direct input from finance workers. We produce policy positions on a broad range of issues facing the finance sector and provide high level policy advice to the FSU’s executive. The research and policy team undertake and participate in a broad range of project-based work in conjunction with the FSU campaigning, communications, and marketing teams.

FSU Reports and Submissions

Australia, we have a problem.
Voices of Westpac workers – a case study in wage suppression.

Finance workers’ wages have fallen back to 2015 levels yet we’re delivering more for our employers. Read the Report

Working from home, 'It's done wonders': Finance workers have a say in the shape of their working lives

Workers in the finance sector are calling for more choice about where they work. Read the Report

Women's Economic Opportunities Review

Submission to NSW Government, March 2022 Read the Submission

The Price of Silence: A Worker Perspective on Pay Secrecy at CBA

In late 2021 the FSU asked CBA workers about their experience of pay secrecy, what it means, if it’s enforced... Read the Report

Working for Nothing – How NAB robs employees pay, health and family time

This report has been prepared to assist the Finance Sector Union (FSU) prepare a Federal Court action using the findings Read the Report

Ethical conflict and work harm in Australian financial services

Read the Report


How the finance sector’s captivity to capitalist ethics violates workers’ ethical integrity and silences their claims. Read the Report

FSU Submission – Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020

Read the Submission

FSU Submission - Regional Banking Taskforce

Our policy and research workncludes preparation of briefing papers and submissions that highlight the challenges and... Read the submission

For reports and submission older than 2020
go to the submission archive here