A registered organisation (RO) describes an organisation that represents members and is registered with us. Unions and employer associations are examples of registered organisations.
Unions are groups of employees. They are also known as a trade unions or employee associations.
To be a union, the group must have at least 50 employee members.
Employer associations are groups of employers. The members of an employer association may be a mixture of:
- individual business owners
Between them, the members must have employed at least 50 employees per month, on average, during the past 6 months.
These are rare. Enterprise associations of employees, also known as enterprise unions, are a special type of union. To be an enterprise union, the members must be employed in the same enterprise.
An enterprise association must have at least 20 employees as members.
See Part 2 of Chapter 2 of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 for more information on who can apply to become a registered organisation.