The Fair Work Commission is responsible for administering certain provisions of the Fair Work Registered Organisations Act (RO Act) that deals with registration and accountability of registered organisations.
Those provisions include:
The Fair Work Commission also deals with:
Note: All existing permits and permit applications will continue, and are unaffected by recent changes to the RO Act.
Some functions that were previously dealt with by the Fair Work Commission are now the responsibility of the Registered Organisations Commission (ROC). The functions are split between the Fair Work Commission and the ROC as follows:
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Lodge by email to email@example.com
Continue to lodge online
Lodge by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Organisations should ensure that they are lodging their applications and documents with the correct Commission.
For questions relating to specific matters that must be lodged or may have been transferred to the ROC, please contact the ROC by email to email@example.com or telephone on 1300 341 665. Organisations seeking information or to subscribe to updates from the Registered Organisations Commission should visit the ROC website.
Until 30 April 2017 the Fair Work Commission’s responsibilities, through its General Manager, included regulating the finances, financial administration, elections and conduct of officers of federally registered trade unions and employer associations. These responsibilities were covered by the Regulator Performance Framework.
To find out more go to the Regulator performance page on our website.
A registered organisation is:
which has been registered by the Fair Work Commission under the the RO Act.
Some of the rights gained by becoming a registered organisation include:
To represent their members in the national workplace relations system, some state-registered employer associations and unions can seek federal recognition under the RO Act as a recognised state-registered association (RSRA).