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ROC’s new Digital Classroom to make compliance easier for registered organisations

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30 November 2021

The Registered Organisations Commission has today launched its new Digital Classroom – the latest education initiative to help registered employer and employee associations, officers and registered auditors learn about their compliance obligations under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (the RO Act.)

The Digital Classroom is a virtual one-stop shop for people in registered organisations at every stage of their compliance journey – whether they are new to compliance or want to improve their understanding of technical requirements under the RO Act – it is designed to help them find the information they need to achieve voluntary compliance.

Registered Organisations Commissioner, Mark Bielecki, said that the ROC has developed a range of education tools and resources since it was established in 2017, designed to make compliance easier for registered organisations.

“The Digital Classroom combines the critical materials we’ve already produced – including factsheets, podcasts and case summaries – into modules that people can complete at their own pace,” he said.

“There are nine modules, including financial reporting, elections, officers’ duties, disclosure obligations, notifications of change, loans grants and donations, and the whistleblower scheme.”

“The ROC is focused on encouraging behaviours in registered organisations that see them consistently acting in the best interests of their members and ensuring their members’ money is spent in a way that is transparent, properly authorised and complies with their obligations under the RO Act, and their rules. One of the most important ways we aim to drive voluntary compliance is through the provision of our educational resources,” he said.

“The Digital Classroom is a welcome addition to our suite of educational resources that includes fact sheets, podcasts, online panel discussions, guidance notes, compliance updates, newsletters and online masterclasses. We know that the requirements of the legislation can be difficult to navigate and may be daunting for some of our stakeholders, so we are committed to making it as easy as possible for them to understand and comply with their obligations,” Mr Bielecki said.

The ROC develops its education resources influenced by stakeholder feedback and the compliance performance of registered organisations and publishes an annual education strategy every financial year.

For more information contact media@roc.gov.au