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Brisbane information session rounds off successful 2018 series of interstate workshops


23 November 2018

The fifth and latest information session this time at Brisbane has rounded off a most successful program of interstate workshops delivered this year by the Registered Organisations Commission (ROC).

Almost 350 people including union and employer association representatives have attended workshops this year at Parramatta, Melbourne, Darwin, Perth and most recently in Brisbane on 20 November.

This encouraging level of interest has the ROC looking to host additional workshops in 2019, using feedback from this year’s sessions to help shape the format and presentation modules.

“When we first discussed the idea of delivering information workshops we were unsure just what the level of interest would be,” said Registered Organisations Commissioner Mr Mark Bielecki.

The response has been most encouraging and the workshops to date have been attended by nearly 350 people with 68 registered organisations represented, which is almost two thirds of the organisations we interact with,” Mr Bielecki said.

“In total, people from up to 100 diverse groups or non-registered organisations such as industry, peak bodies and auditors together with those from registered organisations including unions and employer associations have attended the workshops.

“This positive level of outreach is an extension of our work to engage with, assist and educate organisations in meeting their statutory obligations, and we remain focused on building good relationships and providing readily accessible information to aid organisations and reporting units with their compliance.”

The information workshops form part of the ROC’s 2018/19 Education Strategy which was launched this year as a web-based resource to assist organisations to plan ahead and manage their training so that they can meet their statutory requirements and upskill where necessary.

The workshops provide education, assistance and guidance around a range of important issues for registered organisations and their members. They include modules on new officer induction, corrupting benefits and officer and related party disclosures, tools and resources available from the ROC and compliance more generally.

The workshops - for registered organisations as well as employer associations, industry groups, auditors and peak bodies - enable attendees to ask questions on matters that they may be concerned or unsure about.

Attendees also have the chance to meet and engage with the Commissioner as well as members of the Commission’s education, compliance and finance teams.

Media contact:   (03) 9603 0767 or media@roc.gov.au