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Introducing Big Sky

Where we've come from

Like many mutual organisations in Australia today, Big Sky is a composite of several former Credit Unions and Building Societies originally created to serve specific employers.

Having started life as the BHP Employee’s Credit Co-operative some 40 years ago, we have over the years welcomed members of the Lysaght, BP and GMH Employee’s Credit Co-Operatives and the RACV Credit Union. 

LifePlan Australia Building Society, a subsidiary of Australian Unity Limited, integrated with Big Sky in March 2012 to commence yet another chapter in our proud history making Big Sky Building Society a part of the Australian Unity Group.

Today Big Sky has a comprehensive and competitive range of products and services spanning banking, advice and insurance with offerings for everyone from school aged children right through to retirees. 


Since starting out as the BHP Employee Co-operative in 1971 we’ve come a very long way. Along the journey we’ve successfully merged with several Credit Unions; Lysaght, BP, GMH, RACV, opened our doors to the general public and diversified to better meet the ongoing needs of our members. 

When BHP merged with Billiton Ltd in 2000 the then BHP Credit Union saw the need to make a change. The name Big Sky was chosen to represent our long association with BHP and to the resources industry. Further mergers with RACV CU, BP CU and GMH CU strengthened our member base. 

In 2009 we also took the significant step of creating Big Sky Financial Solutions, broadening our offer to members to financial advice. 2011 saw further expansion in this area with Brisbane based MeritPlan, a boutique advice business, joining the fold.

In 2012 Big Sky gained 100% ownership of Big Sky Financial Solutions and integrated with LifePlan Building Society, an Adelaide based subsidiary of fellow mutual Australian Unity. As a result, Big Sky became a wholly owned subsidiary of Australian Unity, whose membership at the time stood at 280,000 Australians. The resultant new entities; Big Sky Building Society Ltd. and Big Sky Financial Planning (formerly Big Sky Financial Solutions) continue today. 

In June 2013, Brisbane financial advice business, HN Financial Partners, was acquired by Big Sky Financial Planning.

Vision & Values

The Staff and Management of Big Sky are passionately committed to a set of values which underpin the accepted behaviours at Big Sky.

These are:

Employer Communities

Big Sky has longstanding relationships with large companies predominantly within the resources industry. Still today, Big Sky offers a comprehensive and competitive range of financial services to BP, BHP Billiton, BlueScope, BMA, Capgemini, Elite Customer Service, GM Holden, Hatch Associates, OneSteel and RACV.

Recent Awards & Recognition



Big Sky Financial Planning is a Corporate Authorised Representative (ASIC No: 414711) of Australian Unity Personal Financial Services Limited (ABN 26 098 725 145) AFS Licence No. 234459, 114 Albert Road South Melbourne VIC 3205. The information on this website is general advice only and does not take into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person. You should obtain financial advice that addresses your specific objectives, financial situation and needs before making any investment/financial decisions. Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of this information, Australian Unity Personal Financial Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information. Click here to read Important information.