The Australian Writers' Guild has registered as an industrial organization under the Workplace Relations Act 1996, meaning it is now officially a union.

SYDNEY (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Australian Writers' Guild has registered as an industrial organization under the Workplace Relations Act 1996, meaning it is now officially a union.

The move puts the organization on an equal footing with other unions, such as the Screen Producers Assn. of Australia and the Media Entertainment Arts Alliance (representing performers). In effect, this means that the AWG can force other bodies into the Industrial Relations Commission in the event that there is an unwillingness to form workplace agreements.