Minimum Pay Rates

 As of 1st July, 2019 the national minimum wage is currently $19.49 per hour or $740.80 per 38 hour week (before tax).

Casual employees covered by the national minimum wage also get at least a 25% casual loading. 

If you are getting paid less then you are being underpaid. 


Change the Rules


Australian Unions are campaigning to change the rules so that working people have more secure jobs and better pay.

Find out more

Make wage theft a crime


 Employers and company directors must be held criminally responsible for wage theft violations.

If a worker took money out of the till at work, they'd be sacked and  could be charged. If the boss underpays their staff, the consequences  are often minor.

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About Us

A Brief History


The Bendigo Trades Hall has a long history in Bendigo. Our building, originally the Mining Wardens Court established to hear Mining disputes, was constructed as a meeting place for local labour organisations affiliated as the Bendigo Trades and Labour Council of Bendigo, on land granted to them in View Street. Labour organisations received strong support in Bendigo from the earliest days of the township, when the poor working conditions of the miners led to the creation of, firstly the Miners' Eight Hours Association in the 1860s and then the Bendigo Miners' Association in the 1870s. With the development of the town and the influx of variously skilled workers, other labour organisations were formed and, in 1885, the Bendigo Trades and Labour Council was established as an umbrella body. The Council were granted the use of an early mining warden's court in View Street, to which additions were made in 1896 enabling the use of the building as a trades hall. In 1913 a large two storeyed section fronting View Street was added to the Bendigo Trades Hall, designed by architect, JH Hurley. In the 1930s and 1940s the early hall is thought to have been demolished and a replacement hall constructed. This building is still in use today and is supported by 24 affiliated unions.  

What we offer


The Bendigo Trades Hall Council has long been a progressive voice for the central Victorian working class. A gathering of delegates representing our affiliate unions happens on a monthly basis. These meeting are where issues workers throughout central Victoria face are discussed and plans for action are made. We provide support to our affiliates and their members by assisting with their campaigns, running our own and raising community awareness. We also assist workers to connect with their union or help them find a union that suits. We provide and maintain meeting rooms and a large hall where our affiliates can conduct both training and mass meetings. 

Hall Hire


An opportunity exists for community groups to hire our venue. We offer very competitive rates at our centrally located building. To enquire please contact the office on (03) 5443 5173.

Bookings are essential and subject to availability. 

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Bendigo Trades Hall Council

40 view st, Bendigo, VIC AU

(03) 5443 5173


Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm