The Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (the RO Act) requires that every office in an organisation, and in a branch of an organisation, must be elected. It's an important way of ensuring democratic control, which is one of the objectives of the RO Act.
Organisation rules must require elections for all officers and include information about:
- nominations (when they open and close, who is eligible and how to nominate)
- ballots (including who is eligible to vote for an office and when the roll of voters closes)
- the terms of office.
The rules may also provide processes to fill casual vacancies.
Test your knowledge
The election process
Understand the 7 steps of the election process.
The AEC, voting methods and exemptions
Learn who conducts elections, voting methods and exemptions.
Casual vacancies and insufficient nominations
Understand when you need to hold these types of elections.
Disqualification from holding office
People convicted of certain offences are not allowed to hold office.
Understand illegal election conduct.
Our Election Alert Program
Learn about our program to remind organisations when an election is due.