About us

Who we are

Established in 1840, we’re Australia’s first member-owned wellbeing company, offering our members and customers health, wealth and care services.

We trace our origins back to a pub in Melbourne, where a group of eight people formed a friendly society to look after the health and wellbeing of its members. From our early days, we’ve been here to help people thrive and have been strong advocates in the community for positive change and the wellbeing of Australians. After more than 180 years, we remain true to our roots.

We’re for real wellbeing. For us, real wellbeing means so much more than physical health. It’s about your standard of living, your personal relationships and being connected to your community. It’s about what you want to achieve in life, while having the security to get out and do what makes you happy.

We’ve been measuring the real wellbeing of Australians with Deakin University since 2000, through the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index. The Index is a tool that tracks how satisfied people across Australia are with their lives as a whole, using seven key areas of wellbeing. It has grown to become one of the most credible and enduring studies of wellbeing in Australia.

Being a member-owned company—also called a mutual— means we’re owned by our members, not shareholders. That gives us the freedom to invest money back into the services and solutions that matter most to our members, customers and the Australian community.

Find out more about the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index  or what being member-owned means