Keep Australia flying

The Brisbane lounges will be closed from 5.00PM on Monday, 29 March until Friday morning. Brisbane Lounge staff will not be stood down. Instead, the lounge employees will be paid for their shifts during the period but are not required to attend work. Brisbane airport employees will be required to work as normal.

Qantas has advised us there are no other impacts on members in other states at this time. However, the company will continue to monitor the situation and will advise the USU/ASU if anything changes.

The USU/ASU is by your side during the difficult time.

We will be working hard to get as much information to you as possible and to minimise the impact of any border closure or reduction in flying.

The Federal Government needs to step up for aviation workers!

The USU/ASU is calling on the federal government to extend the income support for international aviation workers to all stood down employees. Go to to sign our petition calling on the government to protect aviation workers. Ask your colleagues, friends and family to sign the petition too.

It’s important to ask for help if you need it
Organisations like Lifeline 131114 or Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 are available if needed.

Send this bulletin to anyone you know who isn’t in the USU. They can join at

If you have any questions about this email or need any assistance at work, please contact your USU organiser Thomas Russell on 0419 761 320 or via email at