March 2019: Sydney workshop

The first ROC workshop for 2019 was held on Tuesday 26 March 2019 at Karstens Conference Centre in Sydney.

The workshop included recent developments around the governance of registered organisations and provided attendees with the opportunity to engage with the Commissioner and staff of the Commission representing the education, compliance and finance teams.

In response to the feedback received at our previous information sessions, a new program of material was presented and participants had the opportunity to be part of smaller interactive workshops on specific issues. 

Copies of the presentations can be accessed at the following links: 

Financial Reporting

Financial reporting obligations - what's new (PDF 364.1KB)

Financial reporting workshop (PDF 149KB)

Officer and related party disclosures (PDF 232.4KB)


Compliance audit - Financial training for officers (PDF 209.3KB)

Overview and update on the protected disclosures (whistleblower) scheme (PDF 776.1KB)

Whistleblower scheme workshop and new resources (PDF 51.6MB)

Compliance and litigation update (PDF 197.6KB)


  • Welcome and housekeeping
  • Commissioner’s welcome
  • Recent updates
  • Financial reporting workshop
  • Elections, Annual Returns and Notifications of Change workshop
  • Whistleblower regime workshop
  • Officer and related party disclosures workshop
  • New ROC tools and website updates
  • Compliance and litigation workshop
  • A question and answer session on ROC procedures


  • Mark Bielecki – Commissioner, Registered Organisations Commission
  • Patrick Coyle – Principal Lawyer, Litigation, Registered Organisations Commission
  • Joanne Fenwick – Financial Reporting Specialist, Registered Organisations Commission
  • Bill Steenson – Principal Lawyer, Compliance and Investigations, Registered Organisations Commission
  • Catherine Bebbington – Senior Adviser, Education and Reporting Team, Registered Organisations Commission
  • Kristina Menzies – Senior Adviser, Education and Reporting Team, Registered Organisations Commission
  • Bronwyn Tolhurst – Investigator, Compliance and Investigations, Registered Organisations Commission


  • Auditor: 4
  • Employer Association: 17
  • Government Department: 5
  • Peak Body: 1
  • Union: 19
  • Other: 0
  • Total: 46