​Registered Organisations Commission kicks off in May


​Registered Organisations Commission kicks off in May

It’s just seven days to go before the new union/employer-group regulator opens its doors for business.


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It’s just seven days to go before the new union/employer-group regulator opens its doors for business.

The Registered Organisations Commission (ROC) starts work next Monday, 1 May. The first Commissioner, appointed on a five year term, will be Mark Bielecki. He has worked as a senior lawyer and a financial regulator. He has more than 10 years’ experience in senior legal roles and was previously the South Australian Regional Commissioner for ASIC.  

The ROC will regulate registered organisations, employer groups and unions typically. A more detailed explanation can be found in s18 of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (Cwlth).

Duties of the new Commission

The new Commission will assume some of the registered organisations-related work of the Fair Work Commission, including:
  • conducting inquiries and investigations into financial reporting obligations
  • providing information and advice to organisations and their members
  • receiving and assessing financial reports, statement and disclosures
  • issuing financial reporting guidelines
  • dealing with financial training requirements
  • receiving annual returns that contain information about membership, elections and offices
  • registering auditors
  • arranging for the Australian Electoral Commission to conduct internal elections
  • issuing exemptions to allow organisations to conduct their own elections, and
  • receiving and investigating protected disclosures.
There will therefore be two operational regulators after May – the Fair Work Commission and the Registered Organisations Commission. Documents and applications etc must be made to the correct Commission. 

New contact details

The Fair Work Commission will have a new email address for lodgement of registered organisations’ documents with the Fair Work Commission. From 1 May 2017, the email address for lodgments at the Fair Work Commission will be ros@fwc.gov.au. 

The ROC's website will be www.roc.gov.au and its email address will be regorgs@roc.gov.au. This address will not be active until 1 May 2017.

The Fair Work Commission warns that many of the staff that worked in the regulatory compliance branch are transferring to the new Commission and their contact details will not be valid or monitored.

It adds that documents sent to the wrong email addresses at the wrong time will not be received and could result in non-compliance with statutory deadlines. 
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