Tony is National President of Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Unit (CFMEU) and has been General President of the Mining and Energy Division of CFMEU since 1998. He is a member of the International Executive Committee of ICEM, to which the CFMEU is affiliated.
He is also a Vice President of ICEM'S Asia Pacific region. He has been appointed to Commonwealth Government's Carbon Capture and Storage Taskforce and Prime Minister's Energy Efficiency Advisory Group. Previously, he held various positions in one of CFMEU’s predecessor unions, Federated Engine Drivers and Firemen’s Association (FEDFA). He has been an organiser and Industrial Officer, and has many years experience running cases in industrial tribunals on behalf of members. Since 2006, Tony has led the Union's work on climate change. In 2008, he was appointed Chair of ACTU Climate Group. In 2010, he was appointed to represent unions on Federal Government Roundtable on Climate Change.