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Episode 30: Whistleblower investigations: what you can expect

RO pod: Talking about governance of registered organisations

Release Date: 01/26/2022

Episode 51: New enforcement tools show art Episode 51: New enforcement tools

RO pod: Talking about governance of registered organisations

The General Manager of the Fair Work Commission has been given expanded powers and functions to use compliance and enforcement instruments in the regulation of registered organisations. In this episode of RO pod, we look at these new enforcement tools and how they may affect registered organisations, as well as the types of conduct they apply to.

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Episode 50: Changes to right of entry permit applications show art Episode 50: Changes to right of entry permit applications

RO pod: Talking about governance of registered organisations

The Fair Work Commission has made changes to the right of entry permit application process in response to the recommendations of the Registered Organisations Governance and Compliance External Review. You will hear about how the application process has been simplified, and how this will affect organisations and permit holders. 

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Episode 49: A conversation with the General Manager show art Episode 49: A conversation with the General Manager

RO pod: Talking about governance of registered organisations

In this episode of RO pod we talk with the General Manager, Murray Furlong, about the transfer, the internal restructure to produce a unified Registered Organisations Services Branch, and his strategic approach to work with organisations and their peak bodies. The General Manager discusses his plans to encourage compliance and enhance transparency and accountability to members of registered organisations and expediting the reporting and application processes for organisations. 

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Episode 48: Altering your organisation’s rules show art Episode 48: Altering your organisation’s rules

RO pod: Talking about governance of registered organisations

In this episode of RO pod, we talk about how rule alteration procedures can vary across organisations. We also discuss what you might need to consider when it comes to differing notice requirements, how rule alterations can affect upcoming elections and the legislative requirements.

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Episode 47: Governance training and training exemptions show art Episode 47: Governance training and training exemptions

RO pod: Talking about governance of registered organisations

Officers of Registered Organisations with financial responsibilities must undertake approved financial training, or apply for an exemption from training, within six months of taking office. In our latest podcast episode, we discuss financial training and when and how to apply for an exemption from training.

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Episode 46: Current issues in the elections space show art Episode 46: Current issues in the elections space

RO pod: Talking about governance of registered organisations

Registered organisations and branches need to lodge prescribed information with the Fair Work Commission at least two months before your rules say nominations are open. The election is then conducted by the Australian Election Commission (AEC) unless the branch holds an exemption. There has been a disruption to election cycles over the past few years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the AEC being unable to conduct elections for a period of time. In this episode, we discuss what you must do if your rules say that an election is due to be held, whether or not you’ve had a missed or...

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Episode 45: Compliance update with the Executive Director show art Episode 45: Compliance update with the Executive Director

RO pod: Talking about governance of registered organisations

In the latest episode of our podcast series, we talk to the Executive Director of the branch. He discusses the move to the Fair Work Commission, the current review, emerging issues and changes to the regulatory functions.

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Episode 44: New officer essentials show art Episode 44: New officer essentials

RO pod: Talking about governance of registered organisations

In the latest episode of our podcast series, we discuss the important information that new officers need to understand and what they must do to discharge their duties as an officer in a registered organisation.

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Episode 43: Effective minute-taking show art Episode 43: Effective minute-taking

RO pod: Talking about governance of registered organisations

In this month’s episode of the podcast, we’ll be talking about how to take effective minutes of your meetings. Minutes provide evidence for what is discussed and decided on at your meetings. Good minutes can protect an organisation and its officers, particularly if decisions are called into question later and evidence needs to be provided. A reminder to all our listeners that the Registered Organisation Commission (ROC) will be abolished from 6 March 2023 and that all of the ROC’s functions will be transferred to the Fair Work Commission from this date.

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Episode 42: You’ve identified non-compliance … what’s next? show art Episode 42: You’ve identified non-compliance … what’s next?

RO pod: Talking about governance of registered organisations

The vast majority of organisations we work with want to comply with their legislative obligations and they take steps to do just that. However, mistakes and non-compliance do happen. In this episode we will be talking about the steps that registered organisations should take when they identify non-compliance and how organisations can work with the regulator to resolve these issues.

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More Episodes

The ROC has a complaints handling process to manage and fairly resolve protected disclosures, taking into account the information provided by the whistleblower, the registered organisation concerned and other sources. Listen to our first episode for 2022 to find out how eligible disclosures are managed behind-the-scenes, including real-world examples and best practice tips to inform an investigation.