Registered Organisations Commission

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Registered Organisations Commission
Agency overview
Formed1 May 2017[1]
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Mark Bielecki (2017–), Commissioner
Parent agencyFair Work Ombudsman[1]

The Registered Organisations Commission (ROC) is an independent, statutory authority of the Australian Government, responsible for the regulation and education of registered organisations (that is, trade unions and employer organisations) in Australia.[2] The ROC was established under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Act 2016 (Cth).[3]

The role of the ROC includes the following functions:[2]

  • assessing the financial reports, annual returns, and disclosure statements by organisations and their branches;
  • arranging elections for organisations and their branches;
  • approving governance and compliance training;
  • providing education, assistance and advice to organisations; and
  • conducting inquiries and investigations into breaches of registered organisation legislation.

The legislation establishing the ROC (originally put into the Australian Parliament as the Fair Work Amendment (Registered Organisations) Bill 2014) was one of the double dissolution triggers for the 2016 federal election under section 57 of the Australian Constitution.[4] Following the election, the Turnbull Government was successful in passing the legislation establishing the ROC with the vote of Senators Pauline Hanson, Nick Xenophon and Derryn Hinch.[5]

The current Registered Organisations Commissioner (in office since the establishment of the ROC in May 2017) is Mr Mark Bielecki, a former South Australian Regional Commissioner at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.[6]


  1. ^ a b "'The Registered Organisations Commission', Annual Report 2017–18". Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Our role". Registered Organisations Commission. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Fair Work Amendment (Registered Organisations) Act 2016". Austlii. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  4. ^ Bills laid aside or negatived, their history and status as possibly meeting the requirements of section 57 of the Constitution (44th Parliament – 1st and 2nd sessions) Archived 27 April 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 20 April 2016
  5. ^ Kelly, Joe (22 November 2016). "Election trigger registered organisations bill passes Senate". The Australian. News Corporation. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  6. ^ "About the Commissioner". Registered Organisations Commission. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 6 June 2019.

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