Approved financial training

 

The Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (the RO Act) requires all office holders whose duties relate to financial management to undertake approved training within six months of taking office (unless an exemption has been granted under s.293M).

The requirement includes office holders elected or appointed following casual vacancies. The training must cover each of the office holder’s financial duties, and be approved by the Registered Organisations Commissioner (the Commissioner).

Training packages approved by the Commissioner appear in the list below.  

An organisation seeking to have training approved should send an outline of proposed training material to the the ROC at regorgs@roc.gov.au.

When preparing training material, an organisation should have regard to the list of topics that it is expected that the training will cover. The ROC will review the material to make sure it covers the topics outlined in the approved financial training checklist, including that it contains an evaluation component.

Click here to download the approved financial training checklist (DOCX 201.8KB) 

The organisation will be advised of the outcome of the review and (if required) invited to make alterations and submit a revised copy of the training material.

Once the final material is reviewed, it will be forwarded to the Commissioner for formal approval. A formal approval letter will be issued by the Commissioner and sent to the organisation.

Details of the training package and the name of the provider will be published on the ROC's website. Approved training material ranges in duration from a full day to a day and a half. This appears to be the timeframe required in order to cover the range of topics appropriately.

Approved training packages

Face to face training

  • ACTU Union Governance Course 
    Provider: Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)
    Contact: Scott Connolly; (03) 9664 7335; sconnolly@actu.org.au
  • AWU Professional Training Program
    Provider: Australian Workers' Union (AWU)
    Contact: (02) 8005 3333; members@nat.awu.net.au
  • Governance of Registered Organisations
    Provider: Weston Woodley & Robertson Chartered Accountants & Consultants
    Contact: Dennis Robertson; (02) 9264 9144; dennisr@wwr.com.au
  • Governance of Registered Organisations
    Provider: Australian Hotels Association – Western Australian Branch
    Contact: Antony Vlahov; (08) 9321 7701; finance@ahawa.asn.au
  • Governance Training
    Provider: National Electrical Contractors Association – Western Australian Chapter
    Contact: Suresh Manickam; (02) 9439 8523; suresh.manickam@neca.asn.au


Online training

  • Governance of Registered Organisations
    Provider: Australian Hotels Association – Western Australian Branch
    Contact: Antony Vlahov; (08) 9321 7701; finance@ahawa.asn.au

The following training packages have been approved for the registered organisation to provide internal training to their officers

  • Ai Group Training Package – Internal Ai Group Use Only
    Provider: Ai Group
    Contact: Hayley Dobroszczyk; (08) 8394 0014
  • Financial Management Training – Internal AHA Use Only
    Provider: Australian Hotels Association
    Contact: Stephen Ferguson; (02) 6273 4007; ceo@aha.org.au  
  • Governance Online Training Course – Internal PFA Use Only
    Provider: Police Federation of Australia 
    Contact: Mark Burgess; (02) 6239 8900; pfa@pfa.org.au
  • Governance Training Package - Internal AHA-WA Use Only
    Provider: Australian Hotels Association – Western Australian Branch
    Contact: Antony Vlahov; (08) 9321 7701; finance@ahawa.asn.au
  • Governance Training Package – Internal APTIA Use Only
    Provider: Ian MacDonald; (02) 6247 5990; imacdonald@aptia.com.au
  • RO Act Training – Internal LGNSW Use Only 
    Provider: Local Government NSW
    Contact: Tara McCarthy; (02) 9242 4000; lgsa@lgsa.org.au
  • NUW Governance and Financial Management Training –  Internal NUW Use Only
    Provider: National Union of Workers (NUW)
    Contact: Paul Richardson: (03) 9287 1850; prichardson@nuw.org.au

Obtaining an exemption from financial training

Section 293M provides that an organisation or branch of an organisation may apply to the Commissioner for an officer of the organisation or branch to be exempted from the requirement to undertake the training. The request for an exemption must be in writing. A registered organisation can complete an exemption application form on behalf of an officer, and email the form to: regorgs@roc.gov.au.  

Exemption application form: Application for exemption from financial training (DOCX 149KB)

The Commissioner may grant the exemption if satisfied that the officer has a proper understanding of their financial duties within the organisation or the branch, because of either:

a) the officer's experience as a company director, or

b) their experience as an officer of a registered organisation, or

c) other professional qualifications and/or experience.

Applications for an exemption must address this criteria. The ROC's exemption application form will assist organisations and branches to include relevant information in the application and allow the Commissioner (or their Delegate) to issue an informed decision.

The Commissioner may grant the exemption subject to any condition considered appropriate in the circumstances.

To assist registered organisations to understand the criteria required to obtain an exemption, the ROC publishes exemption decisions with the permission of the relevant registered organisation. Exemption decisions can be found against the relevant registered organisation on this website.

The following decisions granting exemptions from financial training provide information on the factors considered when determining whether to grant an exemption:

GT2018/12    Exemption for Branch Secretary                                  GT2019/23     Exemption for Director

GT2018/13    Exemption for Vice President                                       GT2019/22     Exemption for Director

GT2018/14    Exemption for Branch President                                   GT2019/7       Exemption for Director

GT2018/15    Exemption for Assistant Branch Secretary                   GT2019/21     Exemption for Branch Representative on the Federal Executive

GT2018/6      Exemption for Executive Councillor                              GT2019/20     Exemption for Branch Assistant Secretary

GT2019/18    Exemption for President                                              GT2019/108     Exemption for multiple officers    

Financial Training Audit 2019

In 2019 the ROC audited registered organisations and their branches to assess compliance for certain officers to complete financial training. Some audits will be finalised in 2020. Participation by registered organisations was voluntary.

The aim of the audit was to encourage organisations and branches to meet their obligations under s.293K of the RO Act by ensuring that all officers with relevant financial duties undertaken approved training that covers each of those duties within six months of taking office.

In October 2019, the interim report of the financial training audit (PDF 284.1KB) was released. This report provides a snapshot of the audit results at 24 October 2019.