Who are we?
The Collieries’ Staff and Officials Association (CSOA) is a membership based association that represents Staff in the Black Coal Mining Industry.
Staff as a collective term which includes supervisory, professional, administrative, clerical and technical employees in the industry.
Our members are located across Australia in the coalfields of the Illawarra, Western District, the Hunter and Newcastle in New South Wales, the Bowen Basin, Surat Basin and Ipswich in Queensland and in Tasmania and Western Australia.
We are a division of Professionals Australia (APESMA) which is an employee association of 25,000 Australian professionals.
Read more about Professionals Australia here.
Fighting for one and for the many
We help members on individual, worksite and industry-wide levels.
We exist to assist members with their individual contracts and conditions at work, to help whole worksites through bargaining and to secure fair pay, conditions and recognition in the broader industry through campaigns and advocacy work.
We are here for you whether it’s you, your team, your worksite or your profession.
Check out our Reasons to Join for more information.
In 2001 Australian Collieries’ Staff Association (ACSA) amalgamated with The Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists & Managers, Australia (APESMA), now known as Professionals Australia. This formed the Collieries’ Staff and Officials Association (CSOA).
The two associations joined together to further strengthen their collective voice and resources to best represent professionals across the country.
ACSA has been fighting for the rights of workers in the coal mining industry since 1944. It was responsible for such wins as severance pay in 1973 and redundancy pay in 1983. ACSA, and now CSOA, has continued to secure pay rises and safe conditions for all who work at the coalface.
In 2016 the Collieries’ Staff and Officials Association won a landmark case against Centennial Coal over their policy of age-discrimination that saw workers over 60 not receiving redundancy pay.
All Centennial Coal workers now have full redundancy pay locked in their agreements