Date of registration: 10 November 1916, originally as The Federated Miscellaneous Workers Union of Australia
The organisation operates as a national structure and does not have divisions or branches. Governance of the organisation is vested in a National Convention of approximately 500 Delegates, from industries and workplaces across Australia, elected by all financial members. A meeting of the Convention is held every 4 years.
Between meetings of the National Convention its powers are exercised by a Member Council, consisting of 50 rank and file Councillors and the National Executive. Both the Councillors and the National Executive are elected by and from the Convention.
The Committee of Management of the organisation is called the National Executive. It consists between 12 and 24 members, including the National President, National Secretary and 4 National Vice-Presidents.
Elections for all office positions within the organisation are conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission.
The term of office for all offices is 4 years.