In this episode we explain the statutory duties of office holders and how organisations can support their officers to act ethically and comply with their duties. We also discuss contemporary examples of how the Courts have enforced them.
The duties of officers are central to good governance and the effective operations of registered organisations and branches. The expectation that officers will act with care and diligence, in good faith and with a proper purpose encourages high standards of accountability to members.
ROCpod was a monthly podcast created by the Registered Organisations Commission, which is now abolished. The obligations for registered organisations remain unchanged, with the functions transferred to the Fair Work Commission as the regulator from 6 March 2023. If you need further information please contact the Fair Work Commission on 1300 341 665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
03:45 The duty to act with care and diligence
06:40 Can officers rely on the information of others?
12:30 The duty to act in good faith and with a proper purpose
16:45 Governance controls to prevent and detect misuse of money
18:30 Officer education and the benefits of a ‘speak up’ culture
22:30 ROC’s role in regulating the conduct of officers
ROCpod was the official podcast of the Registered Organisations Commission. It is copyright to the Commonwealth of Australia. The opinions expressed in ROCpod are the opinions of the particular speaker and not necessarily the opinions of the regulator.
This information is general and is not intended to be comprehensive, it is designed to assist in gaining an understanding of the relevant provisions of the legislation, the regulator and its work. The regulator is not able to provide legal or accounting advice.