23 April 2018
The ROC is to host another information workshop to assist federally registered organisations navigate and comply with reporting obligations.
The workshop in Melbourne on Friday 4 May replicates a similar workshop held at Parramatta in NSW in March which was attended by about 130 representatives of registered organisations.
The decision to run the Melbourne-based workshop comes in light of encouraging levels of interest and feedback from participants at the Parramatta session. In excess of 110 representatives of registered organisations have expressed interest in attending the workshop in Melbourne.
The workshop is being held for registered organisations - unions and employer groups - as well as employer associations, industry groups, auditors and peak bodies and provides an opportunity for participants to engage with the Commissioner as well as members of the ROC education, compliance and finance teams.
As well as providing an overview of their statutory and reporting requirements, the workshop will provide tips, updates and tools to aid compliance by registered organisations. The features of the recently released officer induction kit for newly elected officer holders, and officers who have changed their roles, will be demonstrated during the workshop.
A session that was very well received in Parramatta will also take place in Melbourne where participants will have the opportunity to engage in a panel discussion with, and ask questions of, three Senior Counsel from the independent bar in Victoria on corrupting benefits and officer and related party disclosures.
The workshop is part of the ROC’s on-going commitment to assist registered organisations, their branches, reporting units and officers, to become familiar with their reporting obligations in accordance with the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009, which is designed to ensure organisations are representative of, and accountable to, their members and are able to operate effectively. The aim of the workshop is to provide office holders with the right skills and the practical knowledge to help them to do their job.
The ROC provides on its website a range of guidance materials to assist organisations, including model financial statements, templates, fact sheets, checklists and webinars. There is also an information helpline and subscription service, in addition to the workshops.
“We see these workshops as an extension of our work in engaging with, assisting and educating organisations in meeting their reporting obligations,” said Registered Organisations Commissioner Mr Mark Bielecki.
“The level of interest in the workshops has been extremely encouraging. It reinforces our experience that the vast majority of organisations are interested in voluntary compliance. I see this as an opportunity for the ROC to help office holders and to foster high standards of accountability,” Mr Bielecki said.
“We are committed to making information readily accessible to support registered organisations and help them meet their regulatory obligations,” said Mr Bielecki.
Whilst registrations have since closed for the Melbourne workshop, the ROC welcomes expressions of interest in the prospect of running further sessions.
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