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 6 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).

Financial Training Audit 2019

In 2019 the ROC is conducting a financial training audit of all registered organisations and their branches. Participation in the 2019 audit is voluntary.

The aim of the audit is to ensure that organisations and branches meet their obligations under s. 293K of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act (the RO Act) by ensuring that all officers with relevant financial duties undertake approved training that covers each of those duties within 6 months of taking office.

Following lodgement of the Annual Return, the ROC will contact all registered organisations and their branches to confirm which officers have the relevant financial duties to require training under s. 293K.

The ROC will then request information confirming that relevant officeholders have:

  • completed approved financial training in accordance with the RO Act;
  • scheduled training for a future date; or
  • obtained an exemption under s. 293M.

For further information, please view our webinar about the officer financial training and compliance audit.

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

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:

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 their experience as a company director, their experience as an officer of a registered organisation or other professional qualifications and experience. The Commissioner will need to be satisfied of the nexus between the officer's financial duties and their experience and/or qualifications. Applications for an exemption must address this criteria.

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 governance 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

Approved training packages

Training packages approved by the Commissioner appear in the list below. Providers of previously approved training have been contacted by the Registered Organisations Commission (ROC) to review their training packages and submit to the Commissioner for approval. This web page will be updated with a list of  training providers as training packages are approved. 

An organisation seeking to have training approved should send an outline of proposed training material to the Registered Organisations Commission (the ROC) at

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 203.1KB) 

The organisation will be advised of the outcome of the review and (if required) invited to make additions or 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.

The following training packages have been approved since 1 May 2017:

ACTU Union Governance Course

Provider: Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)

Contact: Scott Connolly; (03) 9664 7335;

AWU Professional Training Program

Provider: Australian Workers' Union (AWU)

Contact: (02) 8005 3333;

Governance of Registered Organisations

Provider: Weston Woodley & Robertson Chartered Accountants & Consultants

Contact: Dennis Robertson; (02) 9264 9144;

Governance of Registered Organisations

Provider: Australian Hotels Association – Western Australian Branch

Contact: Antony Vlahov; (08) 9321 7701;

Governance of Registered Organisations – Online course

Provider: Australian Hotels Association – Western Australian Branch

Contact: Antony Vlahov; (08) 9321 7701;

Governance Training

Provider: National Electrical Contractors Association – Western Australian Chapter

Contact: Suresh Manickam; (02) 9439 8523;

The following training packages have also 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;  

Governance Online Training Course – Internal PFA Use Only

Provider: Police Federation of Australia 

Contact: Mark Burgess; (02) 6239 8900;

Governance Training Package - Internal AHA-WA Use Only

Provider: Australian Hotels Association – Western Australian Branch

Contact: Antony Vlahov; (08) 9321 7701;

Governance Training Package – Internal APTIA Use Only

Provider: Ian MacDonald; (02) 6247 5990;

RO Act Training – Internal LGNSW Use Only 

Provider: Local Government NSW

Contact: Tara McCarthy; (02) 9242 4000;

NUW Governance and Financial Management Training –  Internal NUW Use Only

Provider: National Union of Workers (NUW)

Contact: Paul Richardson: (03) 9287 1850;