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Registered Organisations Commission annual performance statement

I, Sandra Parker, as the entity’s accountable authority, present the 2019–20 annual performance statement, as required under paragraph 39 (1) (a) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act). The statement is based on properly maintained records, accurately reflects the entity’s performance, and complies with subsection 39(2) of the PGPA Act.

Agency purpose

The ROC is responsible for improving the governance and financial accountability of registered employer and employee organisations through education, guidance (incorporating assistance and advice), regulation, monitoring, inquiries, investigation and appropriate enforcement.

Results

Performance criteria

Indicator

Target

Achieved

Further information on results

The ROC improves the governance and financial accountability of organisations by regulating compliance with the RO Act

Financial reports required to be lodged are assessed for compliance within 40 working days

95%

100%

Financial reports

Annual returns required to be lodged are assessed for compliance within 40 working days

95%

97%

Annual returns

Lodgements of prescribed information for an election are dealt with within 40 working days

95%

99%

Elections

Applications for registration by auditors are dealt with within 40 working days

95%

100%

Registration of auditors

Information to educate employee and employer registered organisations and their members is made available

Multiple items

36 major education activities

Education activities

Analysis of performance against ROC purpose

As at 30 June 2020 there were 103 federally registered organisations comprised of approximately 344 reporting units. In general, a reporting unit is a branch or national office of a registered organisation. Under the RO Act each reporting unit is required to lodge audited financial reports with the ROC. Since 2 May 2017, it has been a legislative requirement that auditors of the financial reports of reporting units are registered with the Commissioner.

Each registered organisation is also required to lodge an annual return of information (annual returns), and organisations and their branches are required to lodge prescribed information for elections (unless exempt). The accurate and timely assessment of these documents by the ROC is an important aspect of monitoring compliance with the RO Act by organisations. Publication of these documents by the ROC enables accountability to organisations’ members and the wider community.

The ROC is pleased to report that 100% of financial reports have been assessed and 100% of applications for registration by auditors dealt with within the KPI of 40 working days. The ROC has also met timeliness measures for processing annual returns with 97% processed within 40 working days and for lodgement of prescribed information for elections with 99% dealt with within 40 working days.

We helped to promote improved compliance by fostering the governance and financial accountability of organisations through education and the provision of advice and assistance. In 2019–20 we engaged with registered organisations and their peak bodies in the development and delivery of a diverse and comprehensive range of education activities and resources. This includes feedback gathered through our day-to-day activities, annual education survey, a focus group regarding redevelopment of our website, feedback solicited at the conclusion of face-to-face workshops and webinars as well as via our website and email.