The Australian Theatrical & Amusement Employees' Association (ATAEA)
was formed on both a state and national basis in the decade after
Federation and eventually evolved to cover theatrical and cinematic
employees, outdoor sports ground staff and many in the television
industry. Originally known as the Australian Federated Stage Employees'
Association in 1910 the union changed its name in 1912 to the Australian
Federated Theatrical Employees’ Association and again in 1914 to the
Federated Theatrical & Amusement Employees’ Association before
finally settling with the Australian Theatrical & Amusement
Employees’ Association in 1915 which was to last 78 years. In 1992 it
amalgamated with the Australian Journalists' Association and the Actors'
and Announcers' Equity Association to form the Media, Entertainment and