Annual returns

The Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (the RO Act) requires registered organisations to provide certain information to the Registered Organisations Commission (the ROC) each year.

Information which must be lodged annually

By 31 March each year, each organisation must lodge:
•a declaration regarding the register of members of the organisation. The declaration needs to certify that during the preceding calendar year, the register of members was kept and maintained in accordance with the requirements of the RO Act
•a list of the offices in the organisation and each branch
•a list of the names, postal addresses and occupations of the persons holding the offices
•a record of the name of each branch of the organisation, each branch that commenced operation in the previous 12 months and each branch that ceased operation in the previous 12 months
•a record of the address of the office of the organisation and the address of the office of each branch
•a record of each election for an office in the organisation or branch that must be held during the calendar year which commenced on 1 January
•a record of the number of members on 31 December in the previous year
•a record of the number of people who are members because of an agreement entered into with a state union, and
•a declaration which certifies that the records lodged are correct.


Who can lodge the information

The return and accompanying declaration must be signed by the National Secretary, or another office holder who is required to keep the register of members.
Section 233 of the RO Act requires the organisation to lodge this information (not branches). The document lodged by the organisation must include the required information about all of its branches and divisions.
If the register of members is kept on a branch by branch basis or division by division basis, then the relevant office holder in each branch and/or division may need to make the required declaration about the register of members. However the organisation as a whole is required to lodge all the information with the ROC.

For instructions on how to lodge an annual return, see our Lodging documents section.