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), to be headed by a Registered Organisations Commissioner, and will change the responsibilities and obligations of registered organisations.
The Minister for Employment, the Hon Michaelia Cash, has announced Mr Mark Bielecki will be the first Registered Organisations Commissioner.
The Registered Organisations Commission will commence on Monday, 1 May 2017, with all new functions and powers in effect by 2 May 2017.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 1300 341 665.
New and updated frequently asked questions can be found below.
The Fair Work Commission will keep organisations informed of the changes through our website and our Registered organisations information subscription service.
From 1 May 2017, 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.