The Registered Organisations Commission (the ROC) is an independent statutory entity that regulates and educates registered organisations in Australia. The ROC was established in 2017 to increase financial transparency and accountability in registered organisations.
The jurisdiction of the ROC is set out in the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (the RO Act). This RO Act outlines an organisation’s responsibilities for matters such as record keeping, finances and elections. It also grants the ROC investigation and information gathering powers to ensure that organisations are meeting their requirements under the law.
The ROC's main role is to help registered organisations follow these requirements by:
- promoting the efficient management of organisations and high standards of accountability
- providing education, help and advice to organisations and their members
- monitoring the acts, practices and reporting obligations of organisations
- conducting inquiries and investigations into organisations.
How do the ROC and the Fair Work Commission differ?
The ROC is an independent body that works closely with the Fair Work Commission (FWC). Both the ROC and the FWC assist and support registered organisations. While the ROC handles issues relating to annual and financial reporting, elections and compliance of organisations, the FWC accepts applications for registration, permits and rules.
The ROC is responsible for:
- assessing the financial reports of organisations and their branches
- assessing the annual returns of organisations
- assessing the disclosure statements of organisations and their branches
- arranging elections for organisations and their branches
- approving governance and compliance training for organisations
- providing advice and assistance to organisations on the above matters
- conducting inquiries and investigations.
In relation to organisations, the FWC is responsible for:
- registration, cancellation and amalgamation of organisations
- providing advice and assistance on applying to become a registered organisation
- making changes to an organisation’s rules
- processing right of entry and workplace health and safety permit applications
- disputes concerning agreements, permits and other industrial relations matters
- recognised state associations.