Importance of good governance, culture and ethics discussed at Melbourne workshop

9 May 2019

Almost 70 people attended the latest information workshop delivered by the Registered Organisations Commission (ROC) in Melbourne on 7 May, an initiative aimed at providing officers, financial specialists and administrators of employer groups and unions with education, assistance and guidance on a broad range of topics.

Topics included financial reporting, elections, annual returns and notifications of change, Officer and Related Party Disclosures, whistleblower regime, updates on ROC tools and website, the governance training audit and alternatives to litigation and Federal Court cases.

Participants in another session – ‘Ask the Roc’s expert panel’ - also had the opportunity to ask senior ROC staff questions in a candid manner. Questions raised included approved financial training for elected officers, conflicts of interest, audits, legislative changes, membership numbers and assets.

The workshop was delivered because 96% of participants who have provided feedback at previous sessions indicated they would attend further workshops.  So far almost 500 people have attended workshops at Parramatta, Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin, Perth and Brisbane. More than 75 registered organisations have been represented – which is almost three-quarters of the registered organisations the ROC interacts with.

Registered Organisations Commissioner, Mark Bielecki, said these figures reinforce the ROC’s experience that the vast majority of organisations are interested in voluntary compliance and doing the right thing by brushing up on core skills.

“We want to see organisations being increasingly values-driven, well governed and always acting in their members’ best interests,” Mr Bielecki said.

Feedback from participants at the Melbourne session was overwhelmingly positive and indicated that participants found being able to meet with senior staff from the ROC and ask questions was something they valued.

Examples of feedback include:

  • ‘Presenters were excellent and handled questions thrown at them very well. Website is excellent, easy to follow and content available is user-friendly.’
  • ‘Great engagement. Very helpful.’
  • ‘Enthusiastic and dedicated staff – very refreshing!’
  • ‘I think the session was worthwhile and I appreciate the ROC being open about its methods.’
  • ‘I found this a great resource and it was great there were so many ROC officers available to chat to people.’

Another workshop is scheduled for Adelaide in July 2019. Further information, including how to register, will be released on our website closer to the event.