Professional Divers’ Association of Australasia

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Industry association

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Professional Divers’ Association of Australasia

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Description area

Dates of existence



The Professional Divers' Association of Australasia (PDAA) was established in May 1969 at a meeting of several divers, dissatisfied over the lack of job security in the diving industry, workplace health and safety issues, and the significantly lower wages received by Australian divers compared to their overseas counterparts. Despite starting from a low membership base, the union achieved registration in 1971 and operated until 1991 when it amalgamated with the Seamen's Union of Australia (SUA). In 1993 the SUA merged with the Waterside Workers' Federation of Australia (WWF) to form the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA).


Carlton, Victoria

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Functions, occupations and activities

Representation for divers

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Prepared by Margaret Avard, October 2012




Huntley, Pat and Huntley, Ian. (1985). "Inside Australia's Top 100 Trade Union". Northbridge:Ian Huntley Pty. Ltd. ISBN-0-9589527-01
Australian Trade Union Archives website

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