Inquiries & investigations

The Registered Organisations Commissioner may make inquiries and conduct investigations into federally registered unions and employer associations (known as registered organisations) regarding their compliance with the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (the RO Act) and their rules regarding finances and financial administration.

The Commissioner undertakes inquiries and investigations in accordance with the provisions of the legislation and the principles of procedural fairness. The process includes providing notice of proposed adverse findings to the relevant parties and giving them an opportunity to respond before finalisation of any findings.

Inquiries and investigations are conducted in addition to our routine examination of registered organisations' financial reports for compliance with the RO Act at the time of lodgment with the Commission each year.

The Commissioner is empowered to make inquiries and conduct investigations under Part 4 of Chapter 11 of the RO Act.

 

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Current inquiries & investigations

Inquiries

  • Health Services Union, Tasmania Branch - inquiry commenced 15 September 2017
  • Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia, Electrical, Energy and Services Division, NSW Branch - inquiry commenced 8 December 2017

 Investigations

  • The Australian Workers' Union, Victorian Branch – investigation commenced 2 November 2016
  • Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia, Electrical, Energy and Services Division, Victorian and Tasmanian Branches – investigation commenced 24 May 2017
  • Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia - investigation commenced 22 September 2017
  • The Australian Workers' Union, National Office and Victorian Branch – investigation commenced 20 October 2017
  • Australian Hotels Association, Queensland Branch – investigation commenced 20 October 2017

Concluded inquiries & investigations

 

Please note: investigations and inquiries commenced or completed prior to 2017 will have been initiated by the General Manager of the Fair Work Commission.

2017

  • Transport Workers' Union of Australia - inquiry commenced 28 June 2017 (under s.336(1A) of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009) and concluded 23 October 2017  
  • United Firefighters' Union of Australia, Victorian Branch - inquiry commenced 13 July 2017 and concluded 6 October 2017 
  • Health Services Union East Branch - inquiry commenced 5 June 2017 and concluded 31 August 2017 
  • Flight Attendants' Association of Australia, International Division - inquiry commenced 23 June 2017 (under s.336(1A) of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009) and concluded 30 August 2017 
  • Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia, South Australian/Tasmanian Branch (prior to its merger with the New South Wales Branch on 4 September 2006) - investigation commenced 15 July 2013 and concluded 27 February 2017.
  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, Western Australian Branch - inquiry commenced 29 January 2016 (under s.336(1A) of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009) and concluded 10 February 2017.

2016

  • Health Services Union Victorian No.1 Branch - investigation commenced 19 September 2013 and concluded 30 December 2016.
  • Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia, Electrical, Energy and Services Division, Victorian Branch – inquiry commenced 28 July 2016 and concluded 14 October 2016
  • Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, Construction and General Division, New South Wales Branch – inquiry commenced 8 June 2016 and concluded on 10 August 2016
  • Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia; Communications Division, Tasmanian Branch – investigation commenced 23 February 2016 (commenced as an inquiry on 11 May 2015) and concluded on 26 July 2016
  • Transport Workers' Union of Australia, Western Australian Branch – investigation commenced on 13 April 2016 and concluded on 8 July 2016
  • Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation, National Office – inquiry commenced 8 January 2016 (under s.336(1A) of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009) and concluded on 11 July 2016
  • Transport Workers' Union of Australia – investigation commenced 1 March 2016 (commenced as an inquiry on 5 March 2015) and concluded on 27 June 2016
  • Flight Attendants’ Association of Australia, International Division – investigation commenced 2 December 2013 and concluded 23 May 2016
  • Musicians' Union of Australia, Federal Office – inquiry commenced 19 February 2015 and concluded 27 October 2015 (notification held pending finalisation of the Federal Court proceedings which concluded on 30 March 2016)
  • Musicians' Union of Australia, Melbourne Branch – inquiry commenced 19 February 2015 and concluded 27 October 2015 (notification held pending finalisation of the Federal Court proceedings which concluded on 30 March 2016)
  • Musicians' Union of Australia, Sydney Branch – inquiry commenced 19 February 2015 and concluded 27 October 2015 (notification held pending finalisation of the Federal Court proceedings which concluded on 30 March 2016)
  • Musicians' Union of Australia, Hobart Branch – inquiry commenced 19 February 2015 and concluded 27 October 2015 (notification held pending finalisation of the Federal Court proceedings which concluded on 30 March 2016)
  • Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation, Queensland Branch – inquiry commenced 11 January 2016 and concluded 11 March 2016
  • Transport Workers' Union of Australia – inquiry commenced 5 March 2015 and concluded 29 Febraury 2016
  • Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia; Communications Division, Tasmanian Branch – inquiry commenced 11 May 2015 and concluded 22 February 2016

2015

  • CPSU, the Community and Public Sector Union, SPSF Group, Queensland Branch – inquiry commenced 21 September 2012 and concluded 7 December 2012, investigation commenced 7 December 2012 and concluded 12 November 2015
  • Australian Childcare Centres Association – investigation commenced 23 November 2012; suspended 1 May 2013 (pending outcome of proceedings before the Commission concerning cancellation of registration); resumed 1 September 2014 (following the conclusion of proceedings before the Commission) and concluded on 24 March 2015
  • Australian Rail, Tram and Bus Industry Union, Queensland Branch (Tram and Bus Division) – inquiry commenced 26 April 2013 and concluded 3 February 2015

2014

  • The Pastoralists' and Graziers' Association of Western Australia (Incorporated) – inquiry commenced 17 March 2014 and concluded 9 December 2014
  • Health Services Union, Victoria No. 1 Branch – inquiry commenced 23 January 2013  and concluded 5 December 2014
  • Australian Nursing Federation, Western Australian Branch – investigation commenced 3 January 2013 and concluded on 28 November 2014
  • Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation, National Office – investigation commenced 20 October 2014 and concluded on 14 November 2014
  • Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation, Queensland Branch – investigation commenced 23 November 2012 and concluded on 24 October 2014
  • Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation, National Office – inquiry commenced 28 January 2013 and concluded 20 October 2014
  • Health Services Union, National Office – inquiry commenced 15 April 2013 and concluded 17 October 2014
  • Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia – inquiry commenced 4 September 2012 and concluded 26 February 2014
  • Musicians' Union of Australia (separate investigations concerning each of the Federal Office, the Sydney Branch, the Melbourne Branch and the Hobart Branch) – inquiries commenced 23 November 2012 and concluded 19 February 2014

2013

  • Flight Attendants’ Association of Australia, International Division – inquiry commenced 29 April 2013 and concluded 1 December 2013
  • Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia; Electrical, Energy and Services Division NSW Branch – inquiry commenced 11 February 2013 and concluded 7 October 2013
  • Tasmanian Branch of United Voice (formerly known as the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union) – inquiry commenced 23 July 2012 and concluded 25 March 2013
  • Local Government Association of New South Wales – inquiry commenced 13 June 2012 and concluded 9 August 2012

2012

  • CPSU, the Community and Public Sector Union, SPSF Group, Queensland Branch – inquiry commenced 20 July 2012 and concluded 27 July 2012
  • Health Services Union National Office – inquiry commenced 6 April 2009 and concluded 26 March 2010, investigation commenced 26 March 2010 and concluded 28 March 2012

2011

  • Health Services Union Victoria No. 1 Branch – inquiry commenced 29 January 2009 and concluded 27 April 2010, investigation commenced 27 April 2010 and concluded 23 December 2011

Federal Court proceedings

The Commissioner can commence proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia, including at the end of an investigation, concerning compliance by a registered organisation, its officers, employees and auditors with the RO Act. Proceedings commenced by the General Manager of the Fair Work Commission prior to the commencement of the Registered Organisations Commission are listed below. The Commissioner may substitute the General Manager of the Fair Work Commission as a party to current proceedings.

Current Federal Court proceedings

Completed Federal Court proceedings