Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Employees
“Traincrew Representing Traincrew”

Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Employees
Traincrew Representing Traincrew

 30 September 2022

Dear Members,

In accordance with the Union Rules the AFULE are scheduled to conduct elections for all positions within the union. Election Notice - E2022/93 from the Australian Electoral Commission has been issued, a copy of the Notice is available here.

Nominations open  Friday the 30 September 2022 and close at 12pm Friday 28 October 2022. Nomination forms can be obtained from the AFULE State Office, the AEC and linked here.  Nomination forms are to be returned to the AEC as outlined on page 2 of the Notice of Election.  Please do not return any forms to the AFULE State Office.

Members are encouraged to be active in your union and submit a nomination form for your preferred position or positions. Candidates may, should they wish, submit a statement to be included with the ballot material.

To ensure you get your ballot AFULE requires your current postal address, you can update your details here or by contacting your State Office.

If you would like more information, please contact your local AFULE representative or your state office on 3844 9163 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In Solidarity,


Friday 22 April 2022, the AFULE applied to the Fair Work Commission for an alteration to the Federal Union Rules.

For members who would like the details or a copy of the submission please contact us here.

Dear Division 3 Members,

Concerns about the issues with Aurizon’s digital/analogue radio conflicts and communication losses have been raised at Sub-Branch meetings. There have also been issues in depots where members have been instructed to use their personal mobile phone to contact loadout’s as there was no communication with the loadout and crews have also used their personal mobiles to setup trains which includes doing load and direction tests.

If you have been instructed to perform a safety critical task using your personal mobile phone, please contact Network Control (or Local Area Controller) and advise them you have a communications issue and ask them how they want you to proceed. This includes loading or unloading a train, starting up or shutting down a distributed power train or other train or any other safety critical task.

The AFULE position is that we do not use our personal mobile phone for communication regarding operational matters on a train unless in an emergency and you have no other means of communication. Loading, unloading and setting up trains is not an emergency.

Linked here is a feedback form where members can provide information regarding these issues.

Please enter the details of the date, time, location, train number and locomotive number.

Members can alos report directly to the ATSB (Australian Transport Safety Bureau) using the online reporting form using the following link: ;

Or you can email using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call REPCON on 1800 020 505.


Please report any radio communication issues directly to your ROL and also forward details to the AFULE.


In Solidarity,


Stewart Rach
AFULE Vice President

Dear members,


Late last year the AFULE conducted elections for State representatives and local sub branch positions. On 16 December 2019 we received a letter from the Registered Organisation Commission, in relation to the AEC Election Report outlining that two of the AFULE Federal Rules were difficult to interpret or apply. The relevant part of the report is extracted here:




As a result of the notification form the ROC & AEC the AFULE has given an undertaking to the ROC, today, the 10th January 2020 to alter our rules to clear any ambiguity AFULE responded per the below.


We understand under Section 198(1) of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (“the Act”) The AFULE must give the AEC a written response to the issues raised within 30 days of the report being provided to us.  

 I wish to advise you in relation to r. 23(3) the Federal rules of the AFULE will be amended and put in place to define the seniority order of State positions prior to the next union election to be held in 2022. I am currently seeking legal advice in relation to the best way to amend r.23(3) and would be happy to provide the particulars of that change once they are determined.


Further, I wish to advise it is the AFULE’s intention to adopt the AEC’s recommended change to r. 23(5) and amend the Federal rules to that effect prior to the next union election in 2022.


We will work to have these rules altered in the very near future and will notify members once this transition commences.

A  full copy of the AFULE post-election report is available to members upon request.


Please contact your state office by telephone on 07 3844 9163 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any further information


In solidarity,  

Michael McKitrick

AFULE State Secretary

The Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Employees (‘AFULE’) recently held an election for offices that correspond with offices of the Electrical Trades Union of Employees Queensland (‘ETUQ’), in respect of its AFULE Division (‘AFULE Division’).

The AFULE is the federal counterpart body of the AFULE Division.


To avoid holding two elections for a corresponding office, the ETUQ will make an application for exemption from holding an election under section 802 of the Industrial Relations Act 2016 (Qld).

The ETUQ is making this application so that the member who fills an office in the AFULE will fill the corresponding office in the AFULE Division.


The members of the AFULE Division will not be detrimentally affected as members have already voted, or been given the opportunity to vote, in the election held for the federal counterpart body of the AFULE Division.


This notice will apply to any vacant offices in the AFULE Division until the expiry of the term which commences in 2019, where the office in which the vacancy occurs (in the AFULE Division) corresponds with an office in the AFULE, and where the AFULE has held an election for its vacant office.


If you have any questions please contact the AFULE Division on 07 3844 9163 or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,au