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Registered Organisations Commission annual performance statement

I, Natalie James, as the Entity’s accountable authority, present the 2016–17 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 organisations by ensuring compliance with the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 through monitoring and regulation.

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% Service standards
Registered organisations demonstrate high levels of compliance with legislative obligations. The percentage of financial reports that meet compliance measures. To better 56% (the 2015–16 compliance rate) 70% Improving financial reporting compliance

Source: FWO and ROC Entity 201718 Portfolio Budget Statements: Programme 2.1, p. 143 and FWC Corporate Plan (20162020), p. 7.

Notes: Between 1 July 2016 and 30 April 2017 these activities were performed by the FWC. Performance detailed in the table above is for the complete 201617 financial year, including the period when the functions were performed by the FWC. The FWC’s Corporate Plan also included the measure that it meet the performance targets set out in the Regulator Performance Framework (RPF). The ROC is not required to report against the RPF for the months May and June 2017, therefore this measure is not included in this annual performance statement.

The FWO and ROC Entity 201718 Portfolio Budget Statements contain two errors on page 143: it refers to the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2016 whereas it should refer to the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009; it refers also to ‘compliance within 40 days’ whereas it should refer to ‘compliance within 40 working days’.

Analysis of performance against ROC purpose

There are 110 federally registered organisations comprised of approximately 380 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 financial reports with the ROC and prior to 1 May 2017 with the FWC. Transparent publication of accurate financial reports is an important way organisations can be accountable to their members and the wider community.

Timely assessment of these reports for compliance with the regulatory framework is essential for supporting transparency and accountability. The ROC is pleased to report that for the second year in succession, 100% of financial reports have been assessed by the ROC and the FWC within 40 working days of lodgement.

Improving the standard of financial reports is also important in supporting transparency and accountability. Seventy per cent of financial reports initially met the compliance measures in 2016-17, compared to 56% in 2015-16.