On 24 November 2016, the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Act 2016 (the RO Amendment Act) received royal assent.
The RO Amendment Act will establish the Registered Organisations Commission (ROC), which will be overseen by a new Registered Organisations Commissioner (RO Commissioner), and will change the responsibilities and obligations of registered organisations.
The RO Amendment Act has not taken effect yet, and will not take effect until a date fixed by Proclamation. The Fair Work Commission currently anticipates that this date will be in the first half of 2017.
Making of the Proclamation and the commencement date of the RO Amendment Act is subject to approval by the Executive Council.
The Fair Work Commission will keep organisations informed of the changes through our website and our Registered organisations information subscription service.
From the start date, registered organisations will deal with 2 separate Commissions. The table below gives an indication of which Commission will deal with different types of matters.
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The Fair Work Commission has created 2 new videos to help organisations understand the changes being made to the legislation.
The Registered Organisations Commission video outlines the role of the Commissioner, the main changes to the legislation and explains the 2 Commissions that will exist after the changes take effect.
The Officer and related party disclosures video contains an explanation of the new disclosure scheme that will take effect once the legislation is proclaimed.