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Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Regulations 2009

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SR 2003 No. 82 Regulations as amended, taking into account amendments up to SLI 2009 No. 168
Principal Regulations
Administered by: Education, Employment and Workplace Relations; Employment
Registered 14 Jul 2009
Start Date 01 Jul 2009
End Date 14 Dec 2011
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Part 1 Preliminary
1 Name of Regulations [see Note 1]
2 Commencement
3 Definitions
4 Meaning of approved auditor
5 Declaration envelope — prescribed form
6 Postal ballot — prescribed form of prepaid envelope
7 Employing authorities
8 State industrial authorities
9 Declarations — prescribed officers
10 Prescribed State (RAO Schedule, Ch 11, Pt 7)
11 Prescribed State Act (Ch 11, Pt 7)
Expand Part 2 Documents 
Part 2 Documents
Expand Part 3 Registration and cancellation of registration (Ch 2) 
Part 3 Registration and cancellation of registration (Ch 2)
Expand Part 4 Amalgamation and withdrawal from amalgamation (Ch 3) 
Part 4 Amalgamation and withdrawal from amalgamation (Ch 3)
Expand Part 4A Representation orders (Ch 4) 
Part 4A Representation orders (Ch 4)
Expand Part 5 Rules of organisations (Ch 5) 
Part 5 Rules of organisations (Ch 5)
Expand Part 6 Membership of organisations (Ch 6) 
Part 6 Membership of organisations (Ch 6)
Expand Part 7 Democratic control (Ch 7) 
Part 7 Democratic control (Ch 7)
Expand Part 8 Records and accounts (Ch 8) 
Part 8 Records and accounts (Ch 8)
Expand Part 9 Civil consequences of contravening civil penalty provisions (Ch 10) 
Part 9 Civil consequences of contravening civil penalty provisions (Ch 10)
Expand Part 10 Miscellaneous (Ch 11) 
Part 10 Miscellaneous (Ch 11)
Expand Part 11 Consequential provisions 
Part 11 Consequential provisions

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Regulations 2009

Statutory Rules 2003 No. 82 as amended

made under the

This compilation was prepared on 1 July 2009
taking into account amendments up to SLI 2009 No. 168

Prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing,
Attorney-General’s Department, Canberra


Contents

Part 1                          Preliminary                                                                 

                        1      Name of Regulations [see Note 1]                                    1

                        2      Commencement                                                              1

                        3      Definitions                                                                      1

                        4      Meaning of approved auditor                                            2

                        5      Declaration envelope — prescribed form                          3

                        6      Postal ballot — prescribed form of prepaid envelope       3

                        7      Employing authorities                                                      4

                        8      State industrial authorities                                                4

                        9      Declarations — prescribed officers                                  4

                       10      Prescribed State (RAO Schedule, Ch 11, Pt 7)                  4

                       11      Prescribed State Act (Ch 11, Pt 7)                                    4

Part 2                          Documents                                                                 

                       12      Authorisation to make, sign or lodge documents              5

                       13      Lodgment of documents with FWA                                  5

                       14      Content of notices of objections lodged with FWA           6

                       15      Service of documents                                                     6

                       16      Publication of documents                                                7

                       17      Sending documents                                                        7

                       18      Supply of copies of documents                                      8

                       19      Supply of copies of rules (s 347)                                     8

                       20      Inspection of documents                                                 9

Part 3                          Registration and cancellation of registration (Ch 2)     

Division 1                    Registration (Ch 2, Pt 2)                                                  

                       21      Application for registration (s 18)                                   10

                       22      Notification of application for registration (s 18)              11

                       23      Objection to registration (s 18)                                       11

                       24      Hearing of application for registration (s 18)                   12

                       25      Withdrawal of application for registration (s 18)               12

                       26      Applicants for Federal Court order (s 23 (2) (b))              13

                       27      Application to change name of association or to alter its rules (s 25) 13

                       28      Alteration of rules — lodgment of copies (s 25)              13

                       29      Registration of associations — prescribed particulars (s 26 (1))        14

                       30      Prescribed form of certificate of registration (s 26 (4))     14

                       31      Issue of copy and replacement certificates (s 26 (6))       14

                       32      Extract from register [see Note 2]                                   15

Division 2                    Cancellation of registration (Ch 2, Pt 3)                           

                       33      Cancellation of registration (Schedule 1, s 30 (1) (a))       16

                       34      Application for cancellation of registration (s 30 (1) (a))   16

                       35      Application for cancellation of registration (s 30 (1) (b))   17

                       36      Cancellation of registration of defunct organisation (s 30 (1) (c))       18

Part 4                          Amalgamation and withdrawal from amalgamation (Ch 3)     

Division 1                    Amalgamation of organisations (Ch 3, Pt 2)                    

                       37      Definitions                                                                    20

                       38      Federations (s 38 (1))                                                     21

                       39      Application for a community of interest declaration (s 43 (1))            22

                       40      Application for approval for submission of amalgamation to ballot (s 44 (1)) 22

                       41      Application for exemption from ballot (s 46 (1))              23

                       42      Application for ballot not conducted under section 65 of RAO Schedule (s 47 (1))     23

                       43      Withdrawal of applications lodged under section 43, 44, 46 or 47 of the Act  23

                       44      Submissions at amalgamation hearings — prescribed matters (s 54 (3))        24

                       45      Public notification of refusal to approve the submission of an amalgamation to ballot (s 55 (2))                                                                                    24

                       46      Manner of making objections (s 56)                                25

                       47      Prescribed persons who may make an objection (s 56 (3)) 25

                       48      Prescribed grounds for an objection (s 56 (3))                25

                       49      Prescribed time for lodging an objection (s 57 (1))          26

                       50      Service of notice of objection (s 56)                               26

                       51      Statement in reply to an objection (s 56)                         26

                       52      Hearing of objections (s 56)                                           27

                       53      Applicants to be heard before an application may be refused (s 57 (2))         27

                       54      General Manager to supply copies of documents to AEC (s 50)        27

                       55      Form and publication of notice of ballot (s 58)                28

                       56      Preparation of roll of voters (s 59)                                  28

                       57      Inspection of roll of voters (s 59)                                   28

                       58      Scheme for amalgamation — electoral official to supply copies of documents on request (s 65 (8))                                                                               29

                       59      Ballot not conducted under section 65 of the Act — electoral official to fix commencement and closing times, and give information and material to persons entitled to vote  29

                       60      Ballot papers — forms (s 65)                                         30

                       61      Issuing of ballot papers — attendance voting (s 64)        31

                       62      Duplicate ballot papers — attendance voting (s 64)         32

                       63      Dispatch of ballot papers (s 65 (8))                                32

                       64      Duplicate ballot paper etc — postal voting (s 64 (b) (vi) and 65 (8))   33

                       65      Manner of voting (s 65 (8))                                             33

                       66      Custody of ballot papers (s 64 and 65 (8))                      34

                       67      Scrutiny (s 64 and 65 (8))                                               34

                       68      Scrutineers (s 64 and 65 (8))                                           35

                       69      Post-ballot report by AEC (s 68 (2)) [see Note 2]             37

                       70      Declaration of ballot (s 69)                                             38

                       71      Preservation of ballot papers                                         39

                       72      Request by member for information about ballot            39

                       73      Application for inquiry into ballot irregularity (s 69 (1))     39

                       74      Hearing of inquiry into ballot irregularity (s 69 (3))            40

                       75      Inspection of documents for inquiry (s 69 (3))                 40

                       76      Inquiry into ballot irregularity — procedure at hearing (s 69 (3))          40

                       77      Inquiry into ballot irregularity — orders if ballot not completed (s 69 (3))        40

                       78      Public notification of amalgamation day (s 73 (2))           41

                       79      Registration of amalgamated organisations (s 73 (3) (a)) 41

Division 2                    Withdrawal from amalgamations (Ch 3, Pt 3)                  

                       80      Definitions                                                                    42

                       81      Application for ballot — number of constituent members (s 94 (3) (a))           42

                       82      Application for ballot — prescribed form (s 94 (4))          43

                       83      Outline of proposed withdrawal — matters to be addressed (s 95 (1) (b))      43

                       84      Commencing day and closing day (s 100)                      45

                       85      General Manager to supply copies of question (s 102 (1)) 45

                       86      Form and publication of notice of ballot
(s 102 (1))                                                                    
46

                       87      Conduct of ballot (s 102 (1))                                          46

                       88      Roll of voters for ballot — preparation (s 101)                46

                       89      Roll of voters for ballot — inspection (s 102 (1))             47

                       90      Electoral official to supply copies of question (s 102 (1)) 47

                       91      Dispatch of ballot papers (s 102 (1))                              48

                       92      Ballot paper (s 102 (1))                                                  48

                       93      Duplicate ballot paper (s 102 (1))                                    49

                       94      Manner of voting (s 102 (1))                                           50

                       95      Custody of ballot papers (s 102 (1))                               50

                       96      Scrutiny of ballot (s 102 (1))                                           50

                       97      Scrutineers (s 102 (1))                                                    52

                       98      Post-ballot report by AEC (s 107)                                   53

                       99      Declaration of ballot (s 108)                                           54

                     100      Preservation of ballot papers (s 108 (1))                         55

                     101      Request by member for information about ballot            55

                     102      Application for inquiry into ballot irregularity (s 108 (1))    55

                     103      Inquiry into ballot irregularity (s 108 (3))                           56

                     104      Inquiry into ballot irregularity — inspection of documents (s 108 (3))  56

                     105      Inquiry into ballot irregularity — procedure at hearing (s 108 (3))        56

                     106      Inquiry into ballot irregularity — orders if ballot not completed (s 108 (3))      56

                     107      Application for withdrawal day (s 109)                            57

                     108      Registration of constituent part (s 110)                           58

                     109      Supply of copies of determination (s 109 (1) (a) and (b)) 58

                     110      Constituent part                                                             58

                     111      Applicants for orders under subsection 131 (2) of the Act — prescribed persons       59

Division 3                    Conduct of ballots by AEC                                              

                     112      Conduct of ballot (s 64 and 65)                                      59

                     113      Ballots conducted by AEC — no unauthorised action      59

                     114      No action for defamation in certain cases                       60

Part 4A                       Representation orders (Ch 4)                                

                   114A      Representation rights of former State‑registered association subject to demarcation order — transitional registration without demarcation order and no previous order under Chapter 4 of the RAO Schedule (section 138A)                                        61

                   114B      Representation rights of former State‑registered associations subject to demarcation order — no transitional registration and no previous order under Chapter 4 of the Act (section 138A)        62

                   114C      Representation rights of former State‑registered associations subject to demarcation order — transitional registration with demarcation order and no previous order under Chapter 4 of the Act (section 138A)                                                               63

                  114D      Representation rights of former State‑registered association involved in proceedings regarding representation rights in a State or Territory immediately before the reform commencement (section 138A)                                                               65

Part 5                          Rules of organisations (Ch 5)                               

Division 1                    Rules of organisations                                                    

                     115      Application for exemption from requirement for postal ballot (s 144 (2))        66

                     116      Prescriptions for purposes of paragraph 144 (6) (b) and subsection 144 (7) of the Act           67

                     117      Membership agreements — prescribed form (s 151 (1))   68

                     118      Assets and liabilities agreements — prescribed form (s 152 (2))        68

                     119      Hearing in relation to alterations of rules (s 156 (1))         68

                     120      Hearing in relation to alteration of rules — breach of undertaking (s 157 (2)) [see Note 2]        69

                     121      Application for consent to change of name or alteration of eligibility rules of an organisation (s 158 (1))                                                                     70

                     122      Notification of application for consent to change of name or alteration of eligibility rules (s 158)                                                                                    71

                     123      Withdrawal of application for consent to change name (s 158)          71

                     124      Change of name or alteration of eligibility rules of organisation — objections (s 158) 72

                     125      Change of name etc — hearing of application for consent (s 158)     73

                     126      Alteration of other rules of organisations (s 159 (1))        73

Division 2                    Validity and performance of rules                                   

                     127      Hearing in relation to rules contravening section 142 of the Act (s 163)          74

Part 6                          Membership of organisations (Ch 6)                   

                     128      Conscientious objection — issue of certificates (s 180 (1)) 76

                     129      Conscientious objection — renewal of certificates (s 180 (3))            76

                     130      Conscientious objection — revocation of certificates (s 180 (4))        77

Part 7                          Democratic control (Ch 7)                                      

Division 1                    Conduct of elections — preparation and inspection        

                     131      Preparation and inspection of voter rolls (s 182)             78

                     132      Rules for purpose of sections 193, 197 and 198 of the Act 79

                     133      Application for organisation or branch to conduct its elections for office (s 183 (1)) [see Note 2]                                                                                    79

                     134      Publication of notice for subsection 183 (4) of the Act    80

                     135      Objections to application to conduct elections for office (s 184 (1)) [see Note 2]       80

                     136      Hearing of application to conduct elections for office (s 184 (2))       80

                     137      Revocation of exemption allowing an organisation or branch to conduct its elections for office (s 186 (2))                                                                     81

                     138      Prescribed information for election (s 189 (1))                 81

                     139      Availability of post-election report (s 193)                       83

                     140      Declaration of result of election (s 193)                          83

                     141      Post-election report by AEC (s 197 (2))                           83

                     142      Adverse report on rules (s 198)                                      85

                     143      Application for inquiry into election (s 200)                     85

                     144      Prescribed form of identity card (s 203 (2) (a))                86

Division 2                    Conduct of elections by AEC (Ch 7, Pt 2)                        

                     145      Elections conducted by AEC — no unauthorised action  86

                     146      No action for defamation in certain cases                       86

Part 8                          Records and accounts (Ch 8)                               

                     147      Prescribed records to be kept and lodged by organisations (s 230 (1) (d))    87

                     148      Prescribed day for keeping copy of register (s 231 (2))   87

                     149      Prescribed time to lodge information (s 233 (1))              88

                     150      Prescribed officer for lodging information (s 233 and 236 (1))           88

                     151      Prescribed period for notification of change to records (s 233 (2))    88

                     152      Notice to be published (s 241 (1))                                   88

                     153      Application for determination of reporting units (s 246 (1) (a))           89

                     154      Determination of reporting units (s 247)                          90

                     155      Application for revocation of certificate (s 249 (4) (a))     90

                     156      Prescribed procedure for revoking certificate (s 249 (6) (b) and (7))   91

                     157      Opportunity to be heard (s 247 and 249)                         91

                     158      Keeping records (s 252 (1) (a))                                       92

                     159      Prescribed information contained in operating report (s 254 (2) (f))    92

                     160      Limit on length of written representations (s 263 (5))        92

                     161      Concise report (s 265 (3) (a))                                          92

                     162      Prescribed officer for issuing certificate (s 268 (c))         93

                     163      Prescribed State Act (s 269 (1) (a))                                 93

                     164      Preparation of general purpose financial report (s 270)    94

                     165      Prescribed circumstances (s 271 (1))                              94

                     166      Information to be given to members (s 272 (1) and (2))    95

                     167      Evidence of membership of organisation to be supplied (s 272 (1))  101

Part 9                          Civil consequences of contravening civil penalty provisions (Ch 10)         

                     168      Civil penalty provisions                                                102

                     169      Pecuniary penalty orders that the Federal Court may make 102

                     170      Other orders                                                                103

                     171      Who may apply for an order                                         103

                     172      Civil proceedings after criminal proceedings                 103

                     173      Criminal proceedings during civil proceedings               104

                     174      Criminal proceedings after civil proceedings                 104

                     175      Evidence given in proceedings for penalty not admissible in criminal proceedings     104

                     176      Relief from liability for contravention of civil penalty provision          105

Part 10                       Miscellaneous (Ch 11)                                             

                     177      Authorisation to act in relation to applications or proceedings           106

                     178      Proceedings before General Manager                           106

                     179      Proceedings before FWA                                             107

                     180      Use of previous evidence                                            107

                     181      General powers of General Manager                             108

                   181A      Delegation by General Manager to staff — prescribed class of employees   109

Part 11                       Consequential provisions                                      

                     182      Information to be provided to members or General Manager (RAO Schedule, s 272 (1) (as modified by item 46 of Schedule 1 to the Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Registration and Accountability of Organisations) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2002))          110

Schedule 1                  Transitionally recognised associations                      119

Part 1                             Representation rights of transitionally recognised associations of employees           119

Division 1                     Orders about representation rights of transitionally recognised associations of employees — no prior order for State‑registered association                   119

Division 2                     Orders about representation rights of transitionally recognised associations of employees — prior order about State‑registered association               122

Division 3                     Proceedings about representation rights in State or Territory immediately before reform commencement                                                           124

Part 2                             Cancellation of transitional recognition                          124

Part 3                             Modification of the Act for transitionally recognised associations     125

Schedule 2                  Recognised State-registered associations                  127

Schedule 3                  Forms                                                                        129

Form 1                           Certificate of registration                                              129

Form 2                           Application for ballot under Part 3 of Chapter 3             130

Form 3                           Ballot paper under Part 3 of Chapter 3                          131

Form 4                           Application for determination of day of withdrawal from amalgamation         132

Form 5                           Agreement between organisation and State union          134

Form 6                           Agreement between organisation and State union          135

Form 7                           Certificate of conscientious objection to membership of association            136

Form 8                           Identity card — designated FWA official                       137

Notes                                                                                                        139


Part 1                 Preliminary

  

1              Name of Regulations [see Note 1]

                These Regulations are the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Regulations 2009.

Note   These Regulations were originally made as the Workplace Relations (Registration and Accountability of Organisations) Regulations 2003. They were amended substantially in 2009, as a consequence of the enactment of the Fair Work Act 2009 and the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009.

2              Commencement

                These Regulations commence on 12 May 2003.

3              Definitions

         (1)   In these Regulations:

Act means the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009.

authorised, in relation to a person making, signing or lodging a document with FWA, means a person authorised in accordance with regulation 12.

demarcation dispute means a demarcation dispute within the meaning given by section 6 of the Act applied as if references in that definition to an organisation included a reference to a transitionally recognised association.

Fair Work Inspector has the meaning given by section 12 of the Fair Work Act.

Full Bench has the meaning given by section 12 of the Fair Work Act.

industrial body has the meaning given by section 12 of the Fair Work Act.

prepaid envelope means the envelope referred to as “another envelope” in:

                (a)    paragraph (a) of the definition of postal ballot in section 6 of Schedule 1 to the Act; and

               (b)    paragraphs 65 (6) (b), 102 (3) (b) and 188 (b) of Schedule 1 to the Act.

Procedural Rules means rules made by the President of FWA under section 609 of the Fair Work Act.

Note   Several words and expressions used in these Regulations have the meaning given by the Act. For example:

·         Fair Work Act

·         FWA

·         transitionally recognised association

·         State-registered association

         (2)   A reference to a form by number is a reference to the form of that number in Schedule 3.

4              Meaning of approved auditor

         (1)   For the definition of approved auditor in section 6 of the Act, an approved auditor means:

                (a)    a person who:

                          (i)    is a member of CPA Australia, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia or the National Institute of Accountants; and

                         (ii)    holds a current Public Practice Certificate; or

               (b)    in relation to a reporting unit that has been issued with a certificate under subsection 270 (1) of the Act, a person who is:

                          (i)    a member of CPA Australia, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia or the National Institute of Accountants; and

                         (ii)    approved by the General Manager.

         (2)   However, a person whose registration as an auditor has been suspended under the Corporations Act 2001 is not an approved auditor while the suspension is in force.

5              Declaration envelope — prescribed form

         (1)   For the definition of declaration envelope in section 6 of the Act, a declaration envelope provided to a voter by a person conducting an election or ballot must comply with the following form:

                (a)    the declaration envelope must be a smaller envelope that fits inside a prepaid envelope without needing to be folded;

               (b)    the declaration envelope must contain on it a removable flap or label with the following details printed on it:

                          (i)    the name and postal address of the voter;

                         (ii)    the declaration mentioned in subregulation (2);

                        (iii)    a place for the signature of the voter.

         (2)   The declaration must state that the voter:

                (a)    is the voter named on the envelope; and

               (b)    has voted on the ballot paper contained in the envelope; and

                (c)    has not voted before in this ballot.

         (3)   To preserve the secrecy of the vote, the person conducting the election or ballot must remove the flap or label mentioned in paragraph (1) (b) from the declaration envelope before removing the ballot paper from the envelope.

6              Postal ballot — prescribed form of prepaid envelope

                For paragraph (a) of the definition of postal ballot in section 6 of the Act, and for paragraphs 65 (6) (b), 102 (3) (b) and 188 (b) of the Act the envelope referred to as ‘another envelope’ must comply with the following form:

                (a)    the envelope must be an outer envelope that the person conducting the election is satisfied is large enough to have a declaration envelope placed in it for return to that person;

               (b)    the return address of the person conducting the election must be printed on the envelope.

7              Employing authorities

                For the definition of employing authority in section 6 of the Act, an employing authority that is prescribed for the definition of employing authority in subsection 795 (6) of the Fair Work Act is prescribed.

8              State industrial authorities

                For paragraph (c) of the definition of State industrial authority in section 6 of the Act, a State board, court, tribunal, body or official that is prescribed for paragraph (c) of the definition of prescribed state industrial authority in section 12 of the Fair Work Act is prescribed.

9              Declarations — prescribed officers

                For subsections 52 (1), 104 (1), 192 (1) and 198 (7), paragraph 233 (1) (a) and subsection 236 (1) of the Act, a prescribed officer of an organisation or branch is an officer of the organisation or branch, other than the secretary, who is authorised under the rules of the organisation or branch to make, sign or certify the declaration mentioned in the subsection or paragraph.

10            Prescribed State (RAO Schedule, Ch 11, Pt 7)

                For Part 7 of Chapter 11 of the Act, South Australia is a prescribed State.

11            Prescribed State Act (Ch 11, Pt 7)

                For Part 7 of Chapter 11 of the Act, the Industrial and Employee Relations Act 1994 (SA) is a prescribed State Act.


 

Part 2                 Documents

  

12            Authorisation to make, sign or lodge documents

         (1)   An officer of an association, organisation, branch, constituent part or reporting unit is authorised to make, sign or lodge any document (however described) under the Act or these Regulations if the officer is authorised to do so:

                (a)    by the association, organisation, branch, constituent part or reporting unit; or

               (b)    by the rules of the association, organisation, branch, constituent part or reporting unit.

         (2)   A person is authorised to make, sign or lodge a document under the Act or these Regulations on behalf of another person if the person has the written authority of the other person.

         (3)   An officer or person is authorised to make, sign or lodge a document under the Act or these Regulations on behalf of a company that is not an organisation if the officer or person is authorised under the seal of the company to do so.

         (4)   A person is authorised to make, sign or lodge a document under the Act or these Regulations on behalf of a committee of management if the person is authorised to do so by the committee.

13            Lodgment of documents with FWA

         (1)   Any document required under the Act or these Regulations to be lodged with FWA may be lodged by:

                (a)    leaving it with the General Manager; or

               (b)    properly addressing, prepaying and posting the document; or

                (c)    electronic means prescribed by the Procedural Rules; or

               (d)    any means authorised in writing by FWA.

         (2)   An application or notice lodged with FWA must:

                (a)    if lodged by an organisation — be under the common seal of the organisation or be signed by a person authorised to sign the application or notice; or

               (b)    if lodged by an association or branch — be signed by a person authorised to sign the application or notice; or

                (c)    if lodged by a committee of management — be signed by a member of the committee of management; or

               (d)    if jointly lodged — be signed in accordance with this subregulation by each party to the lodgment; or

                (e)    if lodged by an individual — be signed by the individual.

14            Content of notices of objections lodged with FWA

                A notice of objection lodged with FWA must:

                (a)    state the name and address of the organisation, association or person lodging the notice of objection (the objector); and

               (b)    state the grounds of objection; and

                (c)    set out the particulars of each ground of objection; and

               (d)    briefly state the facts the objector relies on for each ground of objection.

15            Service of documents

         (1)   Every document lodged with FWA must be endorsed with:

                (a)    the name of the party lodging the document; and

               (b)    an address that may be used as an address for service.

         (2)   A document lodged by an association, organisation or person with an electronic mailing address may be endorsed with an electronic address for service.

         (3)   A document may be served electronically on an association, organisation or person with an electronic address for service.

16            Publication of documents

         (1)   A person who is required under the Act or these Regulations to publish notice of a matter in a specified manner may publish an additional notice of the matter by other reasonable means.

         (2)   If the Act or these Regulations require FWA or the General Manager to publish any application or notice in the Gazette or a newspaper, the application or notice must also be published on FWA’s web site.

         (3)   A notice published by FWA or the General Manager in the Gazette, in a newspaper or on FWA’s web site must include the postal address and electronic mailing address of FWA or General Manager for lodgment and service of documents.

         (4)   An application published by FWA or the General Manager in the Gazette, in a newspaper or on FWA’s web site must be accompanied by a note advising that a copy of the application, and copies of any documents relating to the application, can be obtained from the General Manager on the request of:

                (a)    any organisation, association, branch, constituent part or reporting unit; or

               (b)    a member of one of those bodies.

         (5)   The General Manager must supply a copy of an application to the organisation, association, branch, constituent part, reporting unit or member as soon as practicable after receiving a request under subregulation (4).

         (6)   Unless the Act or these Regulations provide otherwise, a document that is required by this regulation to be published on a web site must be published on the web site no later than the day the document is required to be published by other means.

17            Sending documents

                If the General Manager or the AEC is required or permitted, under the Act or these Regulations, to send (by any means) a document (however described) to an association, organisation, branch, reporting unit or constituent part, unless the Act, these Regulations or the rules of the association, organisation, branch, reporting unit or constituent part provide otherwise, the document may be sent by:

                (a)    giving an electronic copy of the document to the association, organisation, branch, reporting unit or constituent part on a disk; or

               (b)    sending an electronic copy of the document to the electronic mailing address of the association, organisation, branch, reporting unit or constituent part.

18            Supply of copies of documents

         (1)   The General Manager, the AEC or an association, organisation, branch, reporting unit or constituent part may supply a copy of a document (however described) to a person by any method, and in any form, agreed with the person.

Examples

1   By giving a hard copy of the document to the person.

2   By giving an electronic copy of the document to the person on a disk.

3   By sending an electronic copy of the document to the person’s electronic mailing address.

4   By publishing a copy of the document on a web site on the Internet accessible by the person.

         (2)   Unless the Act or these Regulations provide otherwise, the General Manager, AEC, organisation, branch, reporting unit or constituent part may, before supplying a person with a copy of a document in a particular form under subregulation (1), charge the person an amount to cover the reasonable cost of supplying the copy in that form.

         (3)   A person may agree under subregulation (1) to receive copies of all or any documents by a particular method or in a particular form.

19            Supply of copies of rules (s 347)

         (1)   A request under section 347 of the Act:

                (a)    may be made electronically; and

               (b)    must be made in accordance with the rules of the organisation or branch.

         (2)   An organisation or branch must respond to a request within 28 days after receiving the request.

         (3)   For paragraph 347 (4) (d) of the Act, the prescribed fee is $20 or the cost of providing the copy, whichever is less.

         (4)   For paragraph 347 (4) (e) of the Act, the prescribed fee is $5 or the cost of providing the copy, whichever is less.

20            Inspection of documents

         (1)   A person may, after giving reasonable notice, inspect at FWA:

                (a)    a document lodged with FWA under the Act (other than a document lodged under section 236, 237 or 272 of the Act); or

               (b)    a document lodged with FWA under these Regulations.

         (2)   The person may, on application, obtain an office copy or a certified copy of a document that the person has inspected.


 

Part 3                 Registration and cancellation of registration (Ch 2)

Division 1              Registration (Ch 2, Pt 2)

21            Application for registration (s 18)

         (1)   An application by an association under section 18 of the Act for registration as an organisation must:

                (a)    be in the form set out in the Procedural Rules or in a form otherwise approved by the President; and

               (b)    contain a declaration, made by an officer of the association authorised to make the declaration, verifying the facts stated in the application and in any document lodged with the application; and

                (c)    be lodged with FWA; and

               (d)    be lodged with the following documents:

                          (i)    a list of the members of the association, showing the name and postal address of each member;

                         (ii)    a list of the offices in the association and in each branch of the association;

                        (iii)    a list of the names, postal addresses and occupations of the persons holding the offices;

                        (iv)    a list of the branches of the association, showing for each branch its name and the location of its office;

                         (v)    the rules of the association and the rules of each of its branches;

                        (vi)    a copy of a resolution in favour of the registration of the association as an organisation passed in accordance with the rules of the association by a majority of the members of the association present at a general meeting of the association or by an absolute majority of the committee of management of the association.

         (2)   An association applying for registration may lodge with FWA an additional statement supporting the application.

22            Notification of application for registration (s 18)

                As soon as practicable after receiving an application for registration, the General Manager must publish a notice in the Gazette stating that an application for registration has been received.

23            Objection to registration (s 18)

         (1)   Any interested organisation, association or person (the objector) may, no later than 35 days after a notice under regulation 22 is published in the Gazette, lodge with FWA a notice of objection to the registration of the association.

         (2)   The notice of objection must:

                (a)    be in the form set out in the Procedural Rules or in a form otherwise approved by the President; and

               (b)    be lodged with FWA; and

                (c)    comply with the requirements of regulation 14.

         (3)   FWA may allow an objector to amend a notice of objection if:

                (a)    a further application is made; and

               (b)    the objector satisfies FWA that the objector has further grounds for objection arising from the application mentioned in paragraph (a).

         (4)   Within 7 days after a notice of objection is lodged with FWA, the objector must serve a copy of the notice of objection on the association.

         (5)   An association:

                (a)    may, no later than 14 days after service on it under subregulation (4) of a copy of the notice of objection, lodge with FWA, in answer to the objection, a written statement signed by an officer of the association authorised to sign the statement; and

               (b)    must, no later than 7 days after lodging a written statement under paragraph (a), serve a copy of that statement on the objector.

24            Hearing of application for registration (s 18)

         (1)   FWA, in dealing with an application for registration, must not:

                (a)    refuse to grant the application without giving the applicant an opportunity to be heard; or

               (b)    grant the application without giving an objector who has complied with regulation 23 an opportunity to be heard.

         (2)   FWA, in order to give the applicant and the objector mentioned in paragraph (1) (b) (the objector) an opportunity to be heard, must:

                (a)    fix a time and place for a hearing; and

               (b)    notify the applicant and the objector of the time and place fixed for the hearing.

         (3)   At the hearing, FWA may give directions relating to the manner in which the hearing is to proceed and may:

                (a)    determine the matter without further delay; or

               (b)    adjourn the proceedings to a later day; or

                (c)    with the agreement of the applicant and the objector, determine the matter on a later day without a further hearing.

25            Withdrawal of application for registration (s 18)

         (1)   An association seeking to withdraw an application for registration may, at any time before the application is determined by FWA, lodge with FWA:

                (a)    a notice of withdrawal; and

               (b)    a resolution in favour of withdrawing an application for registration passed in accordance with the rules of the association by a majority of the members present at a general meeting of the association or by an absolute majority of the committee of management of the association.

         (2)   A notice of withdrawal must:

                (a)    contain a declaration made by an officer of the association authorised to make the declaration verifying the facts stated in the notice of withdrawal, and any documents lodged with the application; and

               (b)    be lodged with FWA.

         (3)   The General Manager must publish the notice of withdrawal in the Gazette as soon as practicable after the notice is lodged.

26            Applicants for Federal Court order (s 23 (2) (b))

                For paragraph 23 (2) (b) of the Act, the following persons are prescribed:

                (a)    an officer of an association or organisation of which the person mentioned in paragraph 23 (2) (a) of the Act is a member;

               (b)    a Fair Work Inspector.

27            Application to change name of association or to alter its rules (s 25)

                An application by an association under section 25 of the Act to change its name or alter its rules must, unless FWA otherwise directs, be:

                (a)    in the form set out in the Procedural Rules or in a form otherwise approved by the President; and

               (b)    lodged with FWA.

28            Alteration of rules — lodgment of copies (s 25)

                An association that has altered its rules in accordance with leave granted by FWA under subsection 25 (1) of the Act must:

                (a)    within 35 days after altering its rules, lodge with FWA:

                          (i)    2 copies of the alterations; and

                         (ii)    a declaration, signed by an officer of the association authorised to sign the declaration, verifying the alterations; and

               (b)    within 7 days after lodging the copies of the alterations with FWA, serve a copy of the alterations on any objector who has lodged a notice of objection under regulation 23.

29            Registration of associations — prescribed particulars (s 26 (1))

                For subsection 26 (1) of the Act, the following particulars are prescribed:

                (a)    the name of the association applying for registration;

               (b)    the eligibility rules of the association;

                (c)    if the association is registered in relation to a particular industry — a description of the industry;

               (d)    if the association is an enterprise association — the name of the enterprise.

30            Prescribed form of certificate of registration (s 26 (4))

                For subsection 26 (4) of the Act, the prescribed form for a certificate of registration is Form 1.

31            Issue of copy and replacement certificates (s 26 (6))

         (1)   Before the General Manager may exercise his or her powers under subsection 26 (6) of the Act, the General Manager must be satisfied the certificate of registration issued under subsection 26 (4) of the Act to an organisation has been defaced, lost or destroyed.

         (2)   If the certificate of registration has been defaced, the organisation must surrender the certificate to the General Manager before the General Manager may issue the organisation with a copy of, or a certificate replacing, the certificate of registration.

         (3)   A certificate issued under subsection 26 (6) of the Act replacing a certificate of registration must be in a form approved by the General Manager.

         (4)   If, after a replacement certificate has been issued under subsection 26 (6) of the Act, the organisation finds the certificate that was thought to have been lost or destroyed, the organisation must surrender the certificate that was thought to have been lost or destroyed to the General Manager.

32            Extract from register [see Note 2]

         (1)   The General Manager, on the application of an organisation, must supply the organisation with an extract of entry from the register kept under paragraph 13 (1) (a) of the Act in relation to that organisation.

         (2)   An application under subregulation (1) must be:

                (a)    in a form approved by the General Manager; and

               (b)    lodged with FWA.

         (3)   An extract of entry from the register in relation to an organisation must:

                (a)    be in a form approved by the General Manager; and

               (b)    be certified by a Registrar to be an accurate record of the register; and

                (c)    contain the following particulars:

                          (i)    the date of registration of the organisation;

                         (ii)    the name of the organisation when it was registered;

                        (iii)    the date of cancellation of the registration (if applicable);

                        (iv)    the name of the organisation when its registration was cancelled (if applicable);

                         (v)    the current name of the organisation;

                        (vi)    any other particular the General Manager mentioned in paragraph (b) considers appropriate.

Division 2              Cancellation of registration (Ch 2, Pt 3)

33            Cancellation of registration (Schedule 1, s 30 (1) (a))

                An organisation may apply under paragraph 30 (1) (a) of the Act for the cancellation of its registration if approval has been given to the organisation to apply for the cancellation of its registration by a majority of the members voting at a ballot of the members taken:

                (a)    in accordance with any rules that apply; or

               (b)    if no rules apply — in accordance with:

                          (i)    any rules of the organisation providing for the election of any of its officers by a direct voting system; or

                         (ii)    if subparagraph (i) does not apply — procedures approved by FWA.

34            Application for cancellation of registration (s 30 (1) (a))

         (1)   An application by an organisation under paragraph 30 (1) (a) of the Act for the cancellation of its registration must:

                (a)    be in the form set out in the Procedural Rules or in a form otherwise approved by the President; and

               (b)    set out full particulars of the circumstances that entitle the organisation to make the application; and

                (c)    contain a declaration signed by an officer of the organisation authorised to sign the declaration verifying the facts in the application; and

               (d)    be lodged with FWA.

         (2)   An organisation that has a web site must publish on its web site a notice that it has lodged the application mentioned in subregulation (1).

         (3)   FWA, on receipt of an application mentioned in subregulation (1), must publish a notice of the receipt of the application in the Gazette.

         (4)   Within 35 days after publication of the notice mentioned in subregulation (3), an interested person (the objector) may lodge with FWA a notice of objection to the application for cancellation of registration.

         (5)   A notice of objection must:

                (a)    be in the form set out in the Procedural Rules or in a form otherwise approved by the President; and

               (b)    be lodged with FWA; and

                (c)    comply with the requirements of regulation 14.

         (6)   An objector must, within 7 days after lodging a notice of objection under subregulation (4), serve copies of the notice of objection on the organisation applying to cancel its registration.

         (7)   FWA must:

                (a)    fix a time and place for hearing the application and any objection to the application; and

               (b)    notify the organisation and any objector of the time and place fixed for the hearing.

         (8)   FWA must not:

                (a)    refuse to grant an application for cancellation of registration without giving the applicant an opportunity to be heard; or

               (b)    grant the application without giving any objector an opportunity to be heard.

35            Application for cancellation of registration (s 30 (1) (b))

         (1)   An application under paragraph 30 (1) (b) of the Act for the cancellation of the registration of an organisation must:

                (a)    be in the form set out in the Procedural Rules or in a form otherwise approved by the President; and

               (b)    state the grounds for the application; and

                (c)    briefly state the facts the applicant relies on to support the application; and

               (d)    contain a declaration signed by the applicant or a person authorised by the applicant verifying the facts stated in the application; and

                (e)    be lodged with FWA.

         (2)   The applicant must, within 7 days after lodging an application for the cancellation of the registration of an organisation, serve a copy of the application on the organisation.

         (3)   If an application is made for the cancellation of the registration of an organisation on one of the grounds mentioned in paragraph 30 (1) (b) of the Act, FWA must, with a view to satisfying itself whether the registration of the organisation is liable to cancellation on that ground, give the organisation an opportunity to make written submissions to FWA and, if the organisation wishes to be heard, to be heard in support of any of those submissions.

36            Cancellation of registration of defunct organisation (s 30 (1) (c))

         (1)   For paragraph 30 (1) (c) of the Act, FWA must, with a view to satisfying itself that an organisation is defunct, comply with the following subregulations.

         (2)   FWA must make appropriate inquiries by letters sent by post to:

                (a)    the organisation at its office; and

               (b)    the members of the committee of management of the organisation as last known to FWA at their postal addresses as last known to FWA.

         (3)   If, after inquiries made under subregulation (2), FWA fails to satisfy itself whether the organisation is defunct, FWA must publish in the Gazette a notice stating that:

                (a)    subject to consideration of any objections lodged in accordance with the notice, the registration of the organisation will, at the end of one month after the date of publication of the notice, be cancelled on the ground that the organisation is defunct; and

               (b)    a person who wishes to show cause why the registration of the organisation should not be cancelled on that ground may, within one month after the date of publication of the notice, lodge with FWA a notice of objection.

         (4)   A notice of objection must:

                (a)    be in the form set out in the Procedural Rules or in a form otherwise approved by the President; and

               (b)    be lodged with FWA; and

                (c)    comply with the requirements of regulation 14.

         (5)   If a person has lodged a notice of objection under paragraph (3) (b), FWA must give the person an opportunity to appear before it and to be heard in support of the objection.

Part 4                 Amalgamation and withdrawal from amalgamation (Ch 3)

Division 1              Amalgamation of organisations (Ch 3, Pt 2)

37            Definitions

         (1)   In this Division:

applicant, for a proposed amalgamation, means an organisation or association that is a party to an application under section 44 of the Act in relation to the proposed amalgamation.

ballot means a ballot mentioned in Part 2 of Chapter 3 of the Act.

closing day, for a ballot, means the day fixed as the closing day of the ballot under subsection 58 (1) of the Act.

commencing day, for a ballot, means the day fixed as the commencing day of the ballot under subsection 58 (1) of the Act.

inquiry means an inquiry by the Federal Court under section 69 of the Act into alleged irregularities in relation to a ballot.

Judge means a Judge of the Federal Court sitting in chambers.

multiple ballot paper means a ballot paper that, under subsection 65 (3) of the Act, is to be used for 2 or more ballots.

scrutineer means a person appointed or allowed to be a scrutineer under subregulation 68 (1) or (3).

         (2)   An expression used in this Division and in Part 2 of Chapter 3 of the Act has the same meaning in this Division as in that Part.

         (3)   A reference in this Division to a document (however described) being signed by an authorised officer of a body is a reference to the document being signed by an officer of the body authorised in accordance with regulation 12 to sign the document.

         (4)   A reference in this Division to a ballot paper includes a reference to a multiple ballot paper.

38            Federations (s 38 (1))

         (1)   An application under subsection 38 (1) of the Act for recognition as a federation must be lodged with a copy of:

                (a)    the proposed rules of the proposed federation; or

               (b)    the agreement relating to the powers and functions of the proposed federation.

         (2)   For paragraph 38 (2) (b) of the Act, the following particulars are prescribed:

                (a)    the name of the proposed federation;

               (b)    the names of its constituent organisations;

                (c)    its postal address or address for service;

               (d)    the names of its proposed officers.

         (3)   For subsection 38 (3) of the Act, the period of 3 years is prescribed.

         (4)   For subsection 38 (4) of the Act, the following details are prescribed:

                (a)    the federation’s name;

               (b)    the names of its constituent organisations.

         (5)   If a federation varies its composition under subsection 38 (7) of the Act, the General Manager must enter particulars of the variation in the register kept under paragraph 13 (1) (a) of the Act.

         (6)   For paragraph 38 (8) (b) of the Act, the period of 3 years is prescribed.

         (7)   For paragraph 38 (8) (c) of the Act, the following persons are prescribed:

                (a)    the Minister;

               (b)    a person or organisation interested in making an application under that paragraph.

         (8)   If, after a federation is registered under section 38 of the Act, there is a change to:

                (a)    any particular of a kind mentioned in subregulation (2); or

               (b)    the federation’s rules; or

                (c)    the agreement relating to the federation’s powers and functions;

the federation must, within 28 days after the change, give a statement to the General Manager setting out full particulars of the change.

Note   This subregulation is a civil penalty provision (see regulation 168).

39            Application for a community of interest declaration (s 43 (1))

                An application under subsection 43 (1) of the Act for a declaration must:

                (a)    be in writing; and

               (b)    state the grounds for making the application; and

                (c)    nominate one of the applicants as the applicant authorised to receive, on behalf of the applicants, service of:

                          (i)    documents relating to the application or to the proposed amalgamation; and

                         (ii)    documents relating to each proposed alternative amalgamation; and

               (d)    be lodged with FWA.

40            Application for approval for submission of amalgamation to ballot (s 44 (1))

         (1)   An application under subsection 44 (1) of the Act must:

                (a)    be in writing; and

               (b)    state the grounds for making the application; and

                (c)    nominate one of the applicants as the applicant authorised to receive, on behalf of the applicants, service of documents relating to:

                          (i)    the application or the proposed amalgamation; and

                         (ii)    each proposed alternative amalgamation; and

               (d)    be lodged with FWA; and

                (e)    be lodged with a copy, signed by an authorised officer of the applicant whose committee of management passed it, of each resolution under subsection 42 (1) of the Act relating to the proposed amalgamation.

         (2)   Service of a document mentioned in paragraph (1) (c) on the applicant nominated for that paragraph is taken to be service on each of the applicants.

         (3)   If the proposed amalgamation, or any alternative provision of the proposed amalgamation, involves the registration of an association as an organisation, the application must be lodged with copies, each of which is signed by an authorised officer of each organisation lodging it, of documents relating to the association that are documents of a kind mentioned in subparagraph 21 (1) (d) (i), (ii), (iii) or (iv).

41            Application for exemption from ballot (s 46 (1))

                An application for exemption from ballot under subsection 46 (1) of the Act must:

                (a)    be in writing; and

               (b)    state the grounds for making the application.

42            Application for ballot not conducted under section 65 of RAO Schedule (s 47 (1))

                An application under subsection 47 (1) of the Act must:

                (a)    be of the kind mentioned in that subsection; and

               (b)    comply with paragraph 64 (b) of the Act.

43            Withdrawal of applications lodged under section 43, 44, 46 or 47 of the Act

         (1)   A party to an application under subsection 43 (1) or 44 (1) of the Act may lodge with FWA a notice of withdrawal of the application.

         (2)   The parties to an application under subsection 43 (1) or 44 (1) of the Act may jointly lodge with FWA a notice of withdrawal of the application.

         (3)   A party to an application under subsection 46 (1) or 47 (1) of the Act may lodge with FWA a notice of withdrawal of the application.

         (4)   Each party to the lodgment of a notice of withdrawal must lodge with the notice a statement, signed by an authorised officer of that party, that the committee of management of that party has passed a resolution approving the proposed withdrawal.

         (5)   The General Manager must take steps to ensure that a notice lodged under subregulation (1) is brought to the attention of the organisations, associations and persons likely to be affected by the withdrawal.

44            Submissions at amalgamation hearings — prescribed matters (s 54 (3))

                For subsection 54 (3) of the Act, the following matters are prescribed:

                (a)    any proposed alteration to the name of an existing organisation concerned in the proposed amalgamation;

               (b)    any proposed alterations of the eligibility rules of an existing organisation concerned in the proposed amalgamation.

45            Public notification of refusal to approve the submission of an amalgamation to ballot (s 55 (2))

         (1)   If, under subsection 55 (2) of the Act, FWA refuses to approve the submission of an amalgamation to ballot, the General Manager must publish a notice of the refusal:

                (a)    in at least one newspaper; and

               (b)    no later than 14 days after the refusal.

         (2)   The General Manager must be of the opinion that the notice mentioned in subregulation (1) is likely to come to the attention of persons likely to be affected by the proposed amalgamation.

         (3)   The notice must state:

                (a)    the grounds mentioned in regulation 48; and

               (b)    that an objection must be lodged by the time prescribed under regulation 49.

46            Manner of making objections (s 56)

         (1)   For section 56 of the Act, an objection is made by lodging a notice of objection with FWA.

         (2)   A notice of objection must:

                (a)    be lodged within the time prescribed by regulation 49; and

               (b)    comply with the requirements of regulation 14.

47            Prescribed persons who may make an objection (s 56 (3))

                For subsection 56 (3) of the Act, any person or organisation interested in a proposed amalgamation is a prescribed person in relation to an objection to the proposed amalgamation.

48            Prescribed grounds for an objection (s 56 (3))

                For subsection 56 (3) of the Act, each of the following grounds is a prescribed ground for an objection to a proposed amalgamation:

                (a)    if the proposed amalgamation involves the registration of an association as an organisation — the association does not meet (or, if the amalgamation takes effect, will not meet) the requirements for registration under Part 2 of Chapter 2 of the Act;

               (b)    if the proposed amalgamation involves a change in the name of an organisation — the proposed new name of the organisation is the same as that of another organisation or is so similar to the name of another organisation that it is likely to cause confusion;

                (c)    if the proposed amalgamation involves a widening of the eligibility rules of an existing organisation — there is another organisation to which persons who:

                          (i)    are potential members of the amalgamating organisations; and

                         (ii)    would be ineligible to join any of the amalgamating organisations if the rules of those organisations were not widened;

                        might more conveniently belong and would more effectively represent those members.

49            Prescribed time for lodging an objection (s 57 (1))

                For subsection 57 (1) of the Act, the prescribed time for making an objection under section 56 of the Act is:

                (a)    a time fixed by FWA; or

               (b)    any additional time allowed by FWA; or

                (c)    if no time is fixed by FWA, 28 days after the date of publication (or, if there is more than one date of publication, the first date of publication) of a notice under regulation 45 relating to the relevant proposed amalgamation.

50            Service of notice of objection (s 56)

                A person or organisation lodging a notice of objection under regulation 46 must serve a copy of the notice of objection, within 7 days of the lodgment, on the applicant nominated for paragraph 40 (1) (c).

51            Statement in reply to an objection (s 56)

         (1)   All applicants served with a copy of a notice of objection under regulation 50 may jointly lodge with FWA a statement that:

                (a)    is signed by authorised officers of each applicant organisation or association; and

               (b)    sets out the facts relied on in answer to the objection.

         (2)   A statement mentioned in subregulation (1) must be lodged no later than 14 days after the applicants are served with the copy of the notice of objection.

         (3)   A copy of the statement must be served on each party to the notice of objection within 7 days after the lodgement of the statement.

52            Hearing of objections (s 56)

         (1)   FWA, in dealing with the application for a proposed amalgamation, must:

                (a)    fix a time and place for the hearing of any objection made under section 56 of the Act in relation to the application; and

               (b)    serve notice of the time and place fixed for the hearing on:

                          (i)    the applicants; and

                         (ii)    each objector whose objection is to be heard at the hearing.

         (2)   For paragraph (1) (a), FWA may fix separate hearings for different objections if FWA thinks it appropriate.

         (3)   FWA, in fixing a time under subregulation (1), must have regard to regulations 50 and 51.

         (4)   At the hearing of an objection, FWA may, if it thinks fit, allow oral evidence to be given.

53            Applicants to be heard before an application may be refused (s 57 (2))

                Before deciding to refuse to approve, under subsection 57 (2) of the Act, the submission of an amalgamation to ballot, FWA must give the applicants for the approval the opportunity to be heard.

54            General Manager to supply copies of documents to AEC (s 50)

                If an organisation has applied for approval for the submission of an amalgamation to ballot, the General Manager must, as soon as practicable, supply the AEC with copies of:

                (a)    the scheme for the amalgamation lodged with the application under section 44 of the Act; and

               (b)    the written outline of the scheme of amalgamation lodged with the application under that section; and

                (c)    each statement lodged under section 48 or 60 of the Act in relation to the proposed amalgamation; and

               (d)    each amendment of, or document lodged in substitution for, a document mentioned in paragraph (a), (b) or (c).

55            Form and publication of notice of ballot (s 58)

         (1)   If FWA has fixed, under section 58 of the Act, the commencing day and closing day of a ballot, the electoral official conducting the ballot must give notice of the fixing of the days to the members entitled to vote at the ballot.

         (2)   The electoral official may give a notice under subregulation (1) by post, by newspaper advertisement or by any other reasonable means the electoral official thinks necessary to ensure that the notice is brought to the attention of the members entitled to vote at the ballot.

56            Preparation of roll of voters (s 59)

                The roll of voters for a ballot of the members of an organisation must:

                (a)    be prepared at the direction of the electoral official conducting the ballot; and

               (b)    set out opposite the name of each person on the roll the postal address of the person; and

                (c)    be closed no later than 14 days before the commencing day of the ballot.

57            Inspection of roll of voters (s 59)

         (1)   An electoral official conducting a ballot of the members of an organisation must make the roll available for inspection and copying during ordinary business hours at the place where the official carries out his or her duties in relation to the ballot, in the period starting the day after the day when the roll was closed under paragraph 56 (c) and ending 30 days after the declaration of the result of the ballot.

         (2)   The electoral official must make the roll available for inspection and copying by:

                (a)    a member of the organisation; and

               (b)    any other person authorised by the electoral official.

         (3)   The roll may be kept, and copies may be supplied, electronically.

         (4)   If a copy of a roll, or a copy of part of a roll, is made or supplied under this regulation, a person must not use information in the roll for a purpose other than:

                (a)    a purpose in connection with the ballot; or

               (b)    to monitor the accuracy of the information contained in the roll.

Penalty:   10 penalty units.

58            Scheme for amalgamation — electoral official to supply copies of documents on request (s 65 (8))

If the AEC has received one or more documents under paragraph 54 (a) or (b) and a member entitled to vote at the ballot makes a written or oral request to the electoral official conducting the ballot for a copy of any of those documents, the electoral official must, as soon as practicable after receiving the request from the member, supply the member with a copy or copies of any document requested without charge.

59            Ballot not conducted under section 65 of the Act — electoral official to fix commencement and closing times, and give information and material to persons entitled to vote

         (1)   If FWA approves, under section 64 of the Act, a proposal, an electoral official must:

                (a)    fix the places, and the times of commencement and closing, of the meetings of members for the ballot on the proposal; and

               (b)    include in the notice given under regulation 55 in relation to the ballot details of:

                          (i)    the places and times fixed under paragraph (a); and

                         (ii)    the procedure for obtaining and exercising an absentee vote in relation to the ballot; and

                (c)    post to each member entitled to vote at the ballot, addressed to the postal address of the member shown on the roll of voters:

                          (i)    a copy of the latest version (incorporating all subsequent alterations or amendments) of the written outline of the relevant scheme for amalgamation lodged under paragraph 44 (2) (b) of the Act; and

                         (ii)    copies of the latest version (incorporating all subsequent amendments) of each statement lodged under subsection 48 (1) or 60 (2) of the Act; and

                        (iii)    notification of the entitlement of the member to obtain a copy of the relevant scheme for amalgamation lodged under paragraph 44 (2) (a) of the Act or, if appropriate, of that scheme as amended or substituted, together with particulars of where and how the copy of the scheme may be obtained.

         (2)   Documents required to be sent under subregulation (1) must be sent in sufficient time for them to be delivered, in the ordinary course of post, at least 7 days before the relevant commencing day.

60            Ballot papers — forms (s 65)

         (1)   A ballot paper for use in a ballot of the members of an organisation in relation to a proposed amalgamation must be in the appropriate form mentioned in subregulation (2) or (3).

         (2)   For a ballot in relation to a proposed amalgamation that does not contain an alternative provision:

                (a)    an organisation may elect to use a ballot paper in a form specified as appropriate for this paragraph; or

               (b)    if an election is not made, the organisation must use a form specified as appropriate for this paragraph.

         (3)   For a ballot in relation to a proposed amalgamation that contains an alternative provision:

                (a)    an organisation may elect to use a ballot paper in a form specified as appropriate for this paragraph; or

               (b)    if an election is not made, the organisation must use a form specified as appropriate for this paragraph.

         (4)   For subregulations (2) and (3), specified means:

                (a)    specified in the Procedural Rules; or

               (b)    otherwise specifically approved by the President.

         (5)   An election under subregulation (2) or (3) must be approved by the committee of management of the organisation.

         (6)   A notice of an election under subregulation (2) or (3), and a statement, signed by an authorised officer of the organisation, that the committee of management of the organisation has approved the election, must be lodged with FWA:

                (a)    at the time the relevant application under section 44 of the Act in respect of the proposed amalgamation is lodged; or

               (b)    within such further time as FWA allows.

         (7)   The electoral official conducting a ballot may provide with the ballot paper:

                (a)    directions to be followed by a member entitled to vote in the ballot so that the vote complies with these Regulations; and

               (b)    other directions that the electoral official reasonably believes may assist in ensuring an irregularity does not occur in the conduct of the ballot; and

                (c)    notes to assist a member entitled to vote in the ballot by informing him or her of matters relating to conduct of the ballot.

61            Issuing of ballot papers — attendance voting (s 64)

                For a ballot of the kind mentioned in section 64 of the Act, an electoral official must issue to each member entitled to vote at the ballot a ballot paper or multiple ballot paper (whichever applies) bearing:

                (a)    the initials of the electoral official; or

               (b)    a facsimile of those initials.

62            Duplicate ballot papers — attendance voting (s 64)

                If a voter at a ballot of the kind mentioned in section 64 of the Act satisfies the presiding electoral official, before depositing the ballot paper or multiple ballot paper in the ballot box, that the voter has accidentally spoilt the paper, the official must:

                (a)    mark ‘spoilt’ on the paper and initial the marking; and

               (b)    keep the paper; and

                (c)    issue a fresh ballot paper or multiple ballot paper (whichever applies) to the voter.

63            Dispatch of ballot papers (s 65 (8))

                For a ballot of a kind mentioned in section 65 of the Act, an electoral official must, as soon as practicable, but no earlier than 2 days before the commencing day of the ballot, post to each member entitled to vote at the ballot a sealed envelope, addressed to the postal address of the member shown on the roll of voters, containing:

                (a)    one ballot paper or multiple ballot paper (whichever applies) for the ballot:

                          (i)    bearing the initials of the electoral official or a facsimile of those initials; and

                         (ii)    stating the time, on the closing day of the ballot, by which the vote must be received; and

               (b)    any document the Act or these Regulations requires to be posted with the ballot paper; and

                (c)    any other material the electoral official considers to be relevant to the ballot; and

               (d)    a declaration envelope in which the voter must place his or her ballot paper; and

                (e)    a prepaid envelope, addressed to the AEC, that may be posted without cost to the voter; and

                (f)    details of the place where the voter may obtain a copy of:

                          (i)    the relevant scheme for amalgamation lodged under paragraph 44 (2) (a) of the Act; or

                         (ii)    if appropriate, the scheme as altered or amended, or a subsequent scheme.

64            Duplicate ballot paper etc — postal voting (s 64 (b) (vi) and 65 (8))

         (1)   If, on the written application of a member entitled to vote in a ballot, an electoral official is satisfied that:

                (a)    a ballot paper or multiple ballot paper; or

               (b)    another document required to be posted with a ballot paper or ballot papers;

that was posted to the member under regulation 63, or for subparagraph 64 (b) (vi) of the Act:

                (c)    has not been received by the member; or

               (d)    has been lost or destroyed; or

                (e)    in the case of a ballot paper or multiple ballot paper, has been spoilt;

the electoral official must immediately issue a duplicate of the relevant document to the member.

         (2)   An application under subregulation (1) must:

                (a)    be received by the electoral official on or before the closing day of the ballot; and

               (b)    state the grounds for making the application; and

                (c)    if practicable, be accompanied by evidence that verifies, or tends to verify, those grounds; and

               (d)    contain a declaration to the effect that the member has not voted at the ballot; and

                (e)    in a case mentioned in paragraph (1) (e), be accompanied by that paper.

         (3)   An electoral official to whom a spoilt paper is returned under paragraph (2) (e) must deal with the paper in accordance with paragraphs 62 (a) and (b).

65            Manner of voting (s 65 (8))

                After recording his or her vote, a voter must:

                (a)    comply with any direction under subregulation 60 (7); and

               (b)    place the ballot paper in the declaration envelope, complete the declaration and seal the declaration envelope; and

                (c)    place the declaration envelope in the prepaid envelope and seal the prepaid envelope; and

               (d)    send the prepaid envelope to the AEC to reach the AEC no later than the time on the closing day of the ballot noted on the ballot paper.

66            Custody of ballot papers (s 64 and 65 (8))

         (1)   The electoral official conducting a ballot or ballots of the members of an organisation must keep the ballot papers and other material relating to the ballot or ballots in safe custody until a scrutiny is conducted in accordance with regulation 67.

         (2)   If, after the closing day of a ballot or ballots of the kind mentioned in section 65 of the Act, the electoral official receives envelopes purporting to contain ballot papers for the ballot or ballots, he or she must keep them in safe custody.

67            Scrutiny (s 64 and 65 (8))

         (1)   The electoral official conducting a ballot must determine the result of the ballot by conducting a scrutiny in accordance with this regulation.

         (2)   As soon as practicable after the close of a ballot, the electoral official must:

                (a)    admit the valid votes and reject the informal votes; and

               (b)    count the valid votes, and record the number:

                          (i)    in favour of the proposal; and

                         (ii)    against the proposal; and

                (c)    count the informal votes.

         (3)   In the case of a scheme for amalgamation that contains a proposed alternative provision, if the electoral official is satisfied the result of the ballot on that provision is required to be known for the purposes of the Act he or she must:

                (a)    admit the valid votes, and reject the informal votes, on that provision; and

               (b)    count the valid votes, and record the number:

                          (i)    in favour of that provision; and

                         (ii)    against that provision; and

                (c)    count the informal votes on that provision.

         (4)   A vote is informal only if:

                (a)    the ballot paper does not bear:

                          (i)    the initials of an electoral official; or

                         (ii)    a facsimile of those initials; or

               (b)    the ballot paper is marked in a way that permits the voter to be identified; or

                (c)    the ballot paper is not marked in a way that makes it clear how the voter meant to vote; or

               (d)    a person returning material mentioned in paragraph 63 (c) with the ballot paper does not comply with a direction given under subregulation 60 (7).

         (5)   However, a vote is not informal because of paragraph (4) (a) if the electoral official is satisfied the ballot paper in question is authentic.

         (6)   If the electoral official conducting the ballot is informed by a scrutineer that the scrutineer objects to a ballot paper being admitted as formal or rejected as informal, the official must:

                (a)    decide whether the ballot paper is to be admitted as formal or rejected as informal; and

               (b)    endorse that decision on the ballot paper and initial the endorsement.

         (7)   If the electoral official conducting the ballot is informed by a scrutineer to the effect that, in the scrutineer’s opinion, an error has been made in the conduct of the scrutiny, the electoral official must decide whether an error has been made and, if appropriate, direct what action is to be taken to correct or mitigate the error.

68            Scrutineers (s 64 and 65 (8))

         (1)   In relation to a ballot of the members of an organisation on a proposed amalgamation, the committee of management of the organisation may appoint members as scrutineers to safeguard the interests of the members who approve of the amalgamation.

         (2)   An appointment under subregulation (1) must be made by an instrument signed on behalf of the committee of management by an authorised officer of the organisation.

         (3)   If members of an organisation (the opposing members) have lodged, under subsection 60 (2) of the Act, a written statement in opposition to the proposed amalgamation or any proposed alternative amalgamation, the electoral official conducting a ballot of the members of the organisation in relation to the amalgamation must allow members of the organisation who appear to the official to represent the opposing members to be scrutineers for the ballot to safeguard the interests of members who disapprove of the amalgamation.

         (4)   Subject to subregulations (5), (6) and (7):

                (a)    a scrutineer may be present:

                          (i)    at the issue of ballot papers under regulation 61; and

                         (ii)    at the preparation and dispatch of ballot material under regulations 59 and 63; and

                        (iii)    at the receipt and placement of ballot material in safe custody under regulation 66; and

                        (iv)    at the scrutiny of ballot material under regulation 67; and

               (b)    at the scrutiny mentioned in subparagraph (a) (iv):

                          (i)    if the scrutineer objects to a decision that a ballot paper is formal or informal; or

                         (ii)    if the scrutineer considers that an error has been made in the conduct of the scrutiny;

                        the scrutineer may inform the electoral official conducting the ballot accordingly.

         (5)   At any time during the period of scrutiny:

                (a)    the number of scrutineers appointed under subregulation (1) and in attendance at the scrutiny; and

               (b)    the number of scrutineers mentioned in subregulation (3) and in attendance at the scrutiny;

must not, in either case, exceed the number of electoral officials engaged on the scrutiny at that time.

         (6)   If a member appointed under subregulation (1) fails to produce the member’s instrument of appointment for inspection by the electoral official conducting the ballot when requested by the official to do so, the official may refuse to allow the member to attend or act as a scrutineer.

         (7)   If a person:

                (a)    is not entitled to be present, or to remain present, at the scrutiny; or

               (b)    interrupts the scrutiny of a ballot, except to perform a function mentioned in paragraph (4) (b);

the electoral official conducting the ballot may direct the person to leave the place where the scrutiny is being conducted.

         (8)   A person must comply with a direction given to him or her under subregulation (7).

Note   This subregulation is a civil penalty provision (see regulation 168).

         (9)   The AEC must advise the General Manager of a possible contravention of subregulation (8) not later than 21 days after the AEC has become aware of the possible contravention.

69            Post-ballot report by AEC (s 68 (2)) [see Note 2]

         (1)   For subsection 68 (2) of the Act, the following matters are prescribed for inclusion in the report:

                (a)    the total number of persons on the roll of voters;

               (b)    the total number of ballot papers issued;

                (c)    the total number of envelopes posted in accordance with regulation 63 or for subparagraph 64 (b) (vi) of the RAO Schedule that were returned undelivered by the closing date of the ballot to the AEC (if applicable);

               (d)    the total number of ballot papers received by the electoral official by the closing day of the ballot;

                (e)    the total number of votes in favour of the question set out on the ballot paper;

                (f)    the total number of votes not in favour of the question set out on the ballot paper;

               (g)    the total number of informal ballot papers;

               (h)    any rules of the organisation or branch which because of ambiguity or other reason, were difficult to interpret or apply;

                (i)    any matters in relation to the roll of voters including those matters contained in subsection 68 (3) of the RAO Schedule;

                (j)    the number of written allegations (if any) of irregularities made to the AEC during the ballot;

               (k)    action taken by the AEC in relation to those allegations;

                (l)    any other irregularities identified by the AEC and action taken by the AEC in relation to those other irregularities.

         (2)   The AEC must:

                (a)    give the report under subsection 68 (1) of the Act within 14 days after the closing day of the ballot fixed under subsection 58 (1) of the Act; and

               (b)    publish the report on its web site as soon as practicable, but no later than 21 days after the closing day of the ballot.

         (3)   An organisation that has a web site must, as soon as practicable after receiving a report mentioned in paragraph (2) (a), publish on its web site a notice of the availability of the report.

         (4)   A notice published under subregulation (3) must remain on the web site until the end of the period in which an application may be made under section 69 of the RAO Schedule.

         (5)   Subregulation (1) does not apply in relation to a ballot that was conducted under subsection 65 (2) of the Act if, because of subsection 65 (4) of the Act, the electoral official conducting the ballot did not count the votes in the ballot.

70            Declaration of ballot (s 69)

                The ballot is declared on the day the report mentioned in subsection 68 (1) of the Act is given.

71            Preservation of ballot papers

                The AEC must keep all ballot papers and documents relating to a ballot:

                (a)    until the end of the period in which an application may be made under section 69 of the Act; or

               (b)    if an application of the kind referred to in paragraph (a) has been made — until the application is disposed of.

72            Request by member for information about ballot

         (1)   A person who is entitled to vote in a ballot may, for the purpose of determining whether there has been an irregularity in relation to the ballot, request the electoral official conducting the ballot to give the person specified information not available in the report given under subsection 68 (1) of the Act.

         (2)   The electoral official must comply with a request under subregulation (1) if the information requested is available to the electoral official.

73            Application for inquiry into ballot irregularity (s 69 (1))

         (1)   An application to the Federal Court under subsection 69 (1) of the Act for an inquiry must be:

                (a)    in the form set out in the Federal Court Rules; and

               (b)    made by:

                          (i)    a member of the organisation whose members were eligible to vote in the ballot; or

                         (ii)    a person acting on behalf of a member mentioned in subparagraph (i); or

                        (iii)    the Electoral Commissioner; and

                (c)    lodged in the Federal Court together with any document that the Federal Court Rules require to be lodged with the application.

         (2)   For this Division, an inquiry is taken to have been instituted when an application mentioned in subregulation (1) is lodged.

74            Hearing of inquiry into ballot irregularity (s 69 (3))

                If an inquiry is instituted, the Federal Court or a Judge may give any directions the Federal Court or Judge thinks necessary to ensure that all persons who are or may be entitled to appear, or to be represented, at the inquiry are notified of the time and place fixed for the hearing of the inquiry.

75            Inspection of documents for inquiry (s 69 (3))

         (1)   If an inquiry is instituted, the Federal Court or a Judge may authorise any person to inspect rolls of voters, ballot papers or other documents that have been used in connection with, or are relevant to, the ballot.

         (2)   A person must not hinder or obstruct a person carrying out an inspection authorised under subregulation (1).

Penalty:

                (a)    for an individual — 5 penalty units; or

               (b)    for a body corporate — 10 penalty units.

76            Inquiry into ballot irregularity — procedure at hearing (s 69 (3))

         (1)   The Federal Court may allow any person to appear or to be represented at an inquiry, and that person is taken to be a party to the proceedings.

         (2)   The Federal Court may determine the procedure for the conduct of an inquiry.

         (3)   The Federal Court is not bound, in conducting the inquiry, to act in a formal manner or to apply any rules of evidence, but may inform itself of any matter in any manner it thinks fit.

77            Inquiry into ballot irregularity — orders if ballot not completed (s 69 (3))

         (1)   At any time after an inquiry is instituted and before the Federal Court finds whether there has been an irregularity that may affect, or may have affected, the result of an uncompleted ballot, the Federal Court, if it thinks fit, may:

                (a)    order than no further steps be taken in the conduct of the ballot; and

               (b)    make any order incidental or supplementary to an order under paragraph (a); and

                (c)    vary or discharge an order under paragraph (a) or (b).

         (2)   An order under subregulation (1) continues in force until the conclusion of the inquiry, unless the order:

                (a)    is expressed to expire at some other time; or

               (b)    is discharged before the conclusion of the inquiry.

         (3)   A person must comply with an order of the Federal Court under subregulation (1).

Penalty:

                (a)    for an individual — 5 penalty units; or

               (b)    for a body corporate — 10 penalty units.

78            Public notification of amalgamation day (s 73 (2))

         (1)   If FWA has fixed a day under subsection 73 (2) of the Act as the day on which an amalgamation is to take effect, the General Manager must publish a notice of the fixing of the day:

                (a)    in at least one newspaper; and

               (b)    no later than 14 days after FWA has fixed a day.

         (2)   The General Manager must be of the opinion that the notice is likely to come to the attention of interested persons including the members of the organisations, and any associations, to be amalgamated.

         (3)   A notice published under paragraph (1) (a) is taken to be a notice published by FWA for subsection 73 (2) of the Act.

79            Registration of amalgamated organisations (s 73 (3) (a))

                For paragraph 73 (3) (a) of the Act, the following particulars in relation to a proposed amalgamated organisation are prescribed:

                (a)    the name of the proposed organisation;

               (b)    the eligibility rules of the proposed organisation;

                (c)    if the proposed organisation is registered in relation to a particular industry — a description of the industry.

Division 2              Withdrawal from amalgamations (Ch 3, Pt 3)

80            Definitions

         (1)   In this Division:

amalgamation day has the same meaning as in Part 2 of Chapter 3 of the Act.

applicant, for a ballot, means a person who:

                (a)    is the constituent member, one of the constituent members, or a member of the committee of management; and

               (b)    applies for a ballot under section 94 of the Act.

closing day, for a ballot, means the day fixed as the closing day of the ballot under regulation 84.

commencing day, for a ballot, means the day fixed as the commencing day of the ballot under regulation 84.

inquiry means an enquiry under section 108 of the Act into alleged irregularities in relation to a ballot.

scrutineer means a person appointed as a scrutineer under regulation 96.

         (2)   An expression used in this Division and in Part 3 of Chapter 3 of the Act has the same meaning in this Division as in that Part of that Chapter of the Act.

81            Application for ballot — number of constituent members (s 94 (3) (a))

                For paragraph 94 (3) (a) of the Act, the prescribed number of constituent members is the lesser of the following:

                (a)    the number equal to 5% of the constituent members on the day when the application is lodged;

               (b)    2 000.

82            Application for ballot — prescribed form (s 94 (4))

                An application for a ballot under section 94 of the Act must:

                (a)    be in accordance with Form 2; and

               (b)    contain the information prescribed in that form; and

                (c)    nominate a person to be the representative constituent member for the ballot to receive documents on behalf of the applicant and for any other purpose specified in this Division.

83            Outline of proposed withdrawal — matters to be addressed (s 95 (1) (b))

                For paragraph 95 (1) (b) of the Act, the written outline must address the following matters:

                (a)    the name of the amalgamated organisation appearing on the certificate of registration of the amalgamated organisation;

               (b)    if the constituent part of the amalgamated organisation
is a part of the membership of the amalgamated organisation that would have been eligible for membership of an organisation that was formerly registered under the Fair Work Act — the name appearing on the certificate of registration for that organisation immediately before amalgamation day;

                (c)    if the constituent part of the amalgamated organisation is a part of the membership of the amalgamated organisation that would have been eligible for membership of a State or Territory branch of an organisation that was formerly registered under the Fair Work Act:

                          (i)    a statement of that fact; and

                         (ii)    the name appearing on the certificate of registration of the organisation immediately before amalgamation day;

               (d)    if the constituent part of the amalgamated organisation is a separately identifiable constituent part of the amalgamated organisation:

                          (i)    a statement of that fact; and

                         (ii)    the name of the branch, division or part of the amalgamated organisation that is the separately identifiable constituent part; and

                        (iii)    the name of the organisation, de-registered under Part 2 of Chapter 3 of the Act in connection with the formation of the amalgamated organisation, that remains, or the State or Territory branch of which remains, separately identifiable under the rules of the amalgamated organisation as a branch, division or part;

                (e)    particulars of the eligibility rules of the amalgamated organisation immediately before amalgamation day;

                (f)    particulars of the rules, immediately before amalgamation day, of:

                          (i)    the organisation, de-registered under Part 2 of Chapter 3 of the Act in connection with the formation of the amalgamated organisation, or the State or Territory branch of the organisation, in relation to which the persons constituting the constituent part would have been eligible for membership if the de-registration had not occurred; or

                         (ii)    the organisation, de-registered under Part 2 of Chapter 3 of the Act in connection with the formation of the amalgamated organisation, or the State or Territory branch of the organisation, that remains separately identifiable under the rules of the amalgamated organisation as a branch, division or part;

               (g)    the name proposed for the amalgamated organisation after withdrawal day;

               (h)    the name proposed for the constituent part after withdrawal day;

                (i)    if it is proposed that the eligibility rules of the amalgamated organisation be changed after withdrawal day — particulars of those changes;

                (j)    if it is proposed that the rules of the constituent part will differ, after withdrawal day, from the rules described in paragraph (f) — particulars of those changes;

               (k)    particulars of the assets and liabilities of the amalgamated organisation;

                (l)    particulars of the assets and liabilities of the constituent part before it, or the organisation of which it was a State or Territory branch, was de-registered under Part 2 of Chapter 3 of the Act in connection with the formation of the amalgamated organisation.

84            Commencing day and closing day (s 100)

         (1)   If:

                (a)    FWA, under section 100 of the Act, orders that a vote be taken by secret ballot; and

               (b)    FWA does not fix a day as the commencing day of the ballot;

the commencing day is:

                (c)    the thirty-fifth day after FWA makes the order; or

               (d)    if that day is a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday — the next working day.

         (2)   If:

                (a)    FWA, under section 100 of the Act, orders that a vote be taken by secret ballot; and

               (b)    FWA does not fix a day as the closing day of the ballot;

the closing day is:

                (c)    the twenty-first day after the commencing day; or

               (d)    if that day is a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday — the next working day.

85            General Manager to supply copies of question (s 102 (1))

                If an application is made for approval for a withdrawal from the amalgamated organisation to be put to ballot, the General Manager must, as soon as practicable, give the AEC a copy of the question proposed to be put to ballot.

86            Form and publication of notice of ballot (s 102 (1))

         (1)   As soon as practicable after FWA orders a vote to be taken, the electoral official conducting the ballot must give notice of the commencing day of a ballot and notice of the closing day of a ballot to persons entitled to vote at the ballot.

         (2)   The electoral official may give a notice under subregulation (1) by post, by newspaper advertisement or by any other reasonable means that the electoral official thinks necessary to ensure that the notice comes to the attention of the persons entitled to vote at the ballot.

87            Conduct of ballot (s 102 (1))

         (1)   An electoral official conducting a ballot may take action and give any direction he or she reasonably considers to be necessary to ensure that no unlawful disclosure or other irregularity occurs in relation to the ballot.

         (2)   A person must comply with a direction given to him or her under subregulation (1).

Note   This subregulation is a civil penalty provision (see regulation 168).

         (3)   The AEC must advise the General Manager of a possible contravention of subregulation (2) not later than 21 days after the AEC has become aware of the possible contravention.

88            Roll of voters for ballot — preparation (s 101)

         (1)   The roll of voters for a ballot is the roll of persons who, on the day specified in subregulation (2), are constituent members of the constituent part of the amalgamated organisation who are eligible to vote in the ballot.

         (2)   For subregulation (1) the day specified is the earlier of the following:

                (a)    the day when FWA orders a vote to be taken;

               (b)    the day 35 days before the commencing day of the ballot.

         (3)   The roll of voters must:

                (a)    be prepared at the direction of the electoral official conducting the ballot; and

               (b)    set out opposite the name of each person on the roll the postal address of the person; and

                (c)    be closed no later than 14 days before the commencing day of the ballot.

89            Roll of voters for ballot — inspection (s 102 (1))

         (1)   An electoral official conducting a ballot must make the roll available for inspection and copying during ordinary business hours at the place where the official carries out his or her duties in relation to the ballot, in the period starting the day after the day when the roll was closed under paragraph 88 (3) (c) and ending 30 days after the declaration of the result of the ballot.

         (2)   The electoral official must make the roll available for inspection and copying by:

                (a)    a member of the amalgamated organisation; and

               (b)    any other person authorised by the electoral official.

         (3)   The roll may be kept, and copies may be supplied, electronically.

         (4)   If a copy of a roll, or a copy of part of a roll, is made or supplied under this regulation, a person must not use information in the roll for a purpose other than:

                (a)    a purpose in connection with the ballot; or

               (b)    to monitor the accuracy of the information contained in the roll.

Penalty:   10 penalty units.

90            Electoral official to supply copies of question (s 102 (1))

                If:

                (a)    the AEC has received a copy of a question to be put to a ballot; and

               (b)    a person entitled to vote at the ballot makes a written or oral request to the electoral official conducting the ballot for a copy of the question;

the electoral official must, as soon as practicable, supply a copy to the person without charge.

91            Dispatch of ballot papers (s 102 (1))

                The electoral officer conducting a ballot must, as soon as practicable, but no earlier than 2 days before the commencing day of a ballot, post to each person entitled to vote at the ballot a sealed envelope, addressed to the postal address of the person shown on the roll of voters, containing:

                (a)    a ballot paper for the ballot:

                          (i)    bearing the initials of the electoral official or a facsimile of those initials; and

                         (ii)    stating the time, on the closing day of the ballot, by which the vote must be received; and

               (b)    any other material the electoral official reasonably considers to be relevant to the ballot; and

                (c)    a declaration envelope in which the voter must place his or her ballot paper; and

               (d)    a prepaid envelope, addressed to the AEC, that may be posted without cost to the voter; and

                (e)    any document that the Act or these Regulations require to be posted with the ballot paper.

92            Ballot paper (s 102 (1))

         (1)   Ballot papers for use in a ballot must be in accordance with Form 3.

         (2)   The electoral official conducting the ballot may post with the ballot paper:

                (a)    directions to help a person voting in the ballot comply with these Regulations; and

               (b)    other directions the electoral official reasonably believes may assist in ensuring that an irregularity does not occur in relation to the ballot; and

                (c)    information about the conduct of the ballot.

93            Duplicate ballot paper (s 102 (1))

         (1)   If, on the written application of a person, an electoral official is satisfied that:

                (a)    a ballot paper; or

               (b)    another document required to be posted with a ballot paper;

that was posted to the person under regulation 91:

                (c)    has not been received by the person; or

               (d)    has been lost or destroyed; or

                (e)    in the case of a ballot paper, has been spoilt;

the electoral official must, as soon as practicable, give a duplicate of the relevant document to the person.

         (2)   An application under subregulation (1) must:

                (a)    be sent to an electoral official so that it is received by the electoral official on or before the closing day of the ballot; and

               (b)    state the grounds for making the application; and

                (c)    if practicable, be accompanied by evidence that verifies, or tends to verify, those grounds; and

               (d)    contain a signed declaration that the person has not voted at the ballot; and

                (e)    if the application relates to a ballot paper that has been spoilt, be accompanied by the ballot paper.

         (3)   If the ballot paper mentioned in paragraph (2) (e) accompanies an application under subregulation (1), the electoral official must:

                (a)    mark ‘spoilt’ on the ballot paper; and

               (b)    initial the ballot paper where marked; and

                (c)    keep the ballot paper.

94            Manner of voting (s 102 (1))

         (1)   A person voting at a ballot must record his or her vote on the ballot paper as follows:

                (a)    if the person approves the withdrawal of the constituent part from the amalgamated organisation — by writing legibly ‘YES’ in the space provided opposite the question printed on the ballot paper;

               (b)    if the person does not approve the withdrawal of the constituent part from the amalgamated organisation — by writing legibly ‘NO’ in the space provided opposite the question printed on the ballot paper.

         (2)   After recording his or her vote, a person must:

                (a)    comply with any direction under paragraph 92 (2) (a) or (b); and

               (b)    place the ballot paper in the declaration envelope, complete the declaration and seal the declaration envelope; and

                (c)    place the declaration envelope in the prepaid envelope and seal the prepaid envelope; and

               (d)    send the prepaid envelope to the AEC to reach the AEC no later than the time specified on the ballot paper as the time on the closing day of the ballot by which the vote must be received.

95            Custody of ballot papers (s 102 (1))

                The electoral official conducting a ballot must keep the ballot papers and other material relating to the ballot in safe custody until a scrutiny is conducted in accordance with regulation 96.

96            Scrutiny of ballot (s 102 (1))

         (1)   The electoral official conducting a ballot must determine the result of the ballot by conducting a scrutiny in accordance with this regulation.

         (2)   As soon as practicable after the close of a ballot, the electoral official must:

                (a)    admit the valid votes and reject the informal votes; and

               (b)    count the valid votes and record the number:

                          (i)    in favour of the question set out on the ballot paper; and

                         (ii)    not in favour of the question set out on the ballot paper; and

                (c)    count the informal votes.

         (3)   A vote is informal only if:

                (a)    the ballot paper does not bear:

                          (i)    the initials of an electoral official; or

                         (ii)    a facsimile of those initials; or

               (b)    the ballot paper is marked in a way that permits the voter to be identified; or

                (c)    the ballot paper is not marked in a way that makes it clear how the voter meant to vote; or

               (d)    the ballot paper does not comply with a direction given under paragraph 92 (2) (a) or (b).

         (4)   However, a vote is not informal because of paragraph (3) (a) if the electoral official is satisfied the ballot paper in question is authentic.

         (5)   If the electoral official conducting the ballot is informed by a scrutineer that the scrutineer objects to a ballot paper being admitted as formal or rejected as informal the electoral official must:

                (a)    decide whether the ballot is to be admitted as formal or rejected as informal; and

               (b)    endorse the decision on the ballot paper; and

                (c)    initial the endorsement.

         (6)   If the electoral official conducting the ballot is informed by a scrutineer that, in the scrutineer’s opinion, an error has been made in the conduct of the scrutiny, the electoral official must decide whether an error has been made and, if appropriate, direct what action is to be taken to correct or mitigate the error.

97            Scrutineers (s 102 (1))

         (1)   The committee of management of the constituent part to which a ballot relates, or the representative constituent member, may appoint members of the constituent part as scrutineers for the ballot.

         (2)   An appointment under subregulation (1) must be made by an instrument signed:

                (a)    on behalf of the committee of management by an officer of the constituent part authorised to sign the instrument; or

               (b)    by the representative constituent member.

         (3)   The committee of management of an amalgamated organisation may appoint members of the amalgamated organisation as scrutineers for a ballot to represent the interests of the amalgamated organisation.

         (4)   An appointment under subregulation (3) must be made by an instrument signed on behalf of the committee of management by an officer authorised by the rules of the organisation or by the committee of management of the amalgamated organisation.

         (5)   Subject to subregulations (6), (7) and (9), a scrutineer may be present at:

                (a)    the preparation and dispatch of ballot material under regulation 91; and

               (b)    the receipt and placement of ballot material in safe custody under regulation 95; and

                (c)    the scrutiny of ballot material under regulation 96.

         (6)   If a scrutineer fails to produce his or her instrument of appointment for inspection at the request of the electoral official conducting the ballot, the electoral official may refuse to allow the person to be present.

         (7)   At any time during the scrutiny of ballot material:

                (a)    the number of scrutineers appointed under subregulation (1) in attendance at the scrutiny; and

               (b)    the number of scrutineers appointed under subregulation (3) in attendance at the scrutiny;

must not exceed the number of electoral officials engaged in the scrutiny at that time.

         (8)   At the scrutiny of ballot material, if the scrutineer:

                (a)    objects to a decision that a ballot paper is formal or informal; or

               (b)    believes an error has been made in the conduct of the scrutiny;

he or she may inform the electoral official conducting the ballot of the objection or belief.

         (9)   If a person:

                (a)    is not entitled to be present, or to remain present, at the scrutiny; or

               (b)    interrupts the scrutiny of a ballot, except for a purpose mentioned in paragraph (8) (a) or (b);

the electoral official conducting the ballot may direct the person to leave the place where the scrutiny is being conducted.

       (10)   A person must comply with a direction given to him or her under subregulation (9).

Note   This subregulation is a civil penalty provision (see regulation 168).

       (11)   The AEC must advise the General Manager of a possible contravention of subregulation (10) not later than 21 days after the AEC has become aware of the possible contravention.

98            Post-ballot report by AEC (s 107)

         (1)   For subsection 107 (3) of the Act, the following matters are prescribed for inclusion in the report:

                (a)    the certificate mentioned in subsection 106 (1) of the Act;

               (b)    the total number of envelopes posted in accordance with regulation 91 that were returned undelivered by the closing date of the ballot to the AEC (if applicable);

                (c)    any rules of the organisation or branch which because of ambiguity or other reason, were difficult to interpret or apply;

               (d)    any matters in relation to the roll of voters including those matters contained in subsection 107 (4) of the Act;

                (e)    the number of written allegations (if any) of irregularities made to the AEC during the ballot;

                (f)    action taken by the AEC in relation to those allegations;

               (g)    any other irregularities identified by the AEC and action taken by the AEC in relation to those other irregularities.

         (2)   The AEC must:

                (a)    give the report under subsection 107 (1) of the Act within 14 days after the closing day of the ballot; and

               (b)    publish the report on its web site as soon as practicable, but no later than 21 days after the closing day of the ballot.

         (3)   An organisation that has a web site must, as soon as practicable after receiving a report mentioned in paragraph (2) (a), publish on its web site a notice of the availability of the report.

         (4)   A notice published under subregulation (3) must remain on the web site until the end of the period in which an application may be made under section 108 of the Act.

         (5)   An organisation that does not have a web site must, as soon as practicable after receiving a report mentioned in paragraph (2) (a), publish a notice of the availability of the report in a manner that is reasonably accessible to the organisation’s members.

Examples

1   Publishing the notice in a public notice in a newspaper.

2   Publishing the notice in the organisation’s official union journal.

99            Declaration of ballot (s 108)

                The result of a ballot under this Division is declared on the day a certificate mentioned in subsection 106 (1) is signed.

100         Preservation of ballot papers (s 108 (1))

                The AEC must keep all ballot papers and documents relating to a ballot:

                (a)    until the end of the period in which an application may be made under section 108 of the Act; or

               (b)    if an application of the kind referred to in paragraph (a) has been made — until the application is disposed of.

101         Request by member for information about ballot

         (1)   A person who is entitled to vote in a ballot may, for the purpose of determining whether there has been an irregularity in relation to the ballot, request the electoral official conducting the ballot to give the person specified information not available in the report given under subsection 107 (1) of the Act.

         (2)   The electoral official must comply with a request under subregulation (1) if the information requested is available to him or her.

102         Application for inquiry into ballot irregularity (s 108 (1))

         (1)   An application to FWA under subsection 108 (1) of the Act for an inquiry must be:

                (a)    in the form set out in the Procedural Rules; and

               (b)    made by:

                          (i)    a member of the organisation whose members were eligible to vote in the ballot; or

                         (ii)    a person acting on behalf of a member mentioned in subparagraph (i); or

                        (iii)    the Electoral Commissioner; and

                (c)    lodged in the Federal Court together with any document that the Federal Court Rules require to be lodged with the application.

         (2)   For this Division, an inquiry is taken to have been instituted when an application mentioned in subregulation (1) is lodged.

103          Inquiry into ballot irregularity (s 108 (3))

                If an inquiry is instituted, FWA may give any directions FWA thinks necessary to ensure that all persons who are or may be entitled to appear, or to be represented, at the inquiry are notified of the time and place fixed for the hearing of the inquiry.

104          Inquiry into ballot irregularity — inspection of documents (s 108 (3))

         (1)   If an inquiry has been instituted in relation to a ballot, FWA may authorise any person to inspect rolls of voters, ballot papers or other documents that have been used in connection with, or are relevant to, the ballot.

         (2)   A person must not hinder or obstruct a person carrying out an inspection authorised under subregulation (1).

Penalty:

                (a)    for an individual — 5 penalty units; or

               (b)    for a body corporate — 10 penalty units.

105         Inquiry into ballot irregularity — procedure at hearing (s 108 (3))

         (1)   FWA may allow any person to appear or be represented at an inquiry, and that person is taken to be a party to the proceedings.

         (2)   FWA may determine the procedure for the conduct of an inquiry.

         (3)   FWA is not bound, in conducting the inquiry, to act in a formal manner or to apply any rules of evidence, but may inform itself of any matter in any manner it thinks fit.

106          Inquiry into ballot irregularity — orders if ballot not completed (s 108 (3))

         (1)   At any time after an inquiry has been instituted and before FWA finds whether there has been an irregularity that may affect, or may have affected, the result of a ballot that is not completed, FWA may:

                (a)    order that no further steps are to be taken in the conduct of the ballot; and

               (b)    make any order incidental or supplementary to an order under paragraph (a); and

                (c)    vary or discharge an order under paragraph (a) or (b).

         (2)   An order under subregulation (1) continues in force until the end of the inquiry, unless the order:

                (a)    is expressed to expire at some other time; or

               (b)    is discharged before the end of the inquiry.

         (3)   A person must not contravene an order of FWA under subregulation (1).

Penalty:

                (a)    for an individual — 5 penalty units; or

               (b)    for a body corporate — 10 penalty units.

107         Application for withdrawal day (s 109)

         (1)   In considering whether any orders should be made under paragraph 109 (1) (c) of the Act in connection with giving effect to the withdrawal, the Federal Court must have regard to whether the proposed rules for the constituent part after the withdrawal day comply with the Act.

         (2)   If the Federal Court has determined, under section 109 of the Act, the day when the withdrawal is to take effect, the Federal Court must publish a notice of the determination:

                (a)    in at least one newspaper; and

               (b)    no later than 14 days after the determination.

         (3)   The Federal Court must be of the opinion the notice is likely to come to the attention of interested persons, including the members of the relevant organisation.

         (4)   For paragraph 109 (3) (a) of the Act, the prescribed number of constituent members is the lesser of the following:

                (a)    5% of the total number of constituent members;

               (b)    2 000.

         (5)   For subsection 109 (5) of the Act, an application under subsection 109 (1) of the Act, must:

                (a)    be in accordance with Form 4; and

               (b)    contain the information prescribed in the form; and

                (c)    be lodged in the Federal Court together with the final version of the written outline mentioned in section 95 of the Act.

108          Registration of constituent part (s 110)

                For paragraph 110 (b) of the the Act, the following particulars are prescribed:

                (a)    the name of the organisation;

               (b)    the eligibility rules of the organisation;

                (c)    if the organisation is registered in relation to a particular industry — a description of the industry;

               (d)    if the organisation is an enterprise association — the name of the enterprise.

109         Supply of copies of determination (s 109 (1) (a) and (b))

                The Registrar of the Federal Court must supply the General Manager with a copy of any order or determination the Federal Court makes under subsection 109 (1) of the Act as soon as practicable after it makes the order or determination.

110         Constituent part

                For subsection 111 (9) of the Act, the notice to the applicant must be given by notifying the representative constituent member nominated under paragraph 82 (c).

111          Applicants for orders under subsection 131 (2) of the Act — prescribed persons

                For paragraph 131 (3) (b) of the Act, the following persons are prescribed:

                (a)    an officer of a branch or other part of the amalgamated organisation of which the person mentioned in subsection 131 (2) of the Act is a member;

               (b)    a Fair Work Inspector.

Division 3              Conduct of ballots by AEC

112         Conduct of ballot (s 64 and 65)

         (1)   An electoral official conducting a ballot may take action and give any direction he or she reasonably considers to be necessary to ensure that no unlawful disclosure or other irregularity occurs in relation to the ballot.

         (2)   A person must comply with a direction given to him or her under subregulation (1).

Note   This subregulation is a civil penalty provision (see regulation 168).

         (3)   The AEC must advise the General Manager of a possible contravention of subregulation (2) not later than 21 days after the AEC has become aware of the possible contravention.

113         Ballots conducted by AEC — no unauthorised action

         (1)   For any ballot conducted by the AEC under Chapter 3 of the Act or under this Part, a person other than the person conducting the ballot must not do, or purport to do, any act in the conduct of the ballot other than as directed or authorised by the person conducting the ballot.

Note   This subregulation is a civil penalty provision (see regulation 168).

         (2)   The AEC must advise the General Manager of a possible contravention of subregulation (1) not later than 21 days after the AEC has become aware of the possible contravention.

114         No action for defamation in certain cases

                No action or proceeding, civil or criminal, for defamation lies:

                (a)    against the Commonwealth or an electoral official conducting, on behalf of the AEC, a ballot under the Act or these Regulations, in relation to:

                          (i)    the printing or issuing of a document or other material that is required or permitted under regulation 63 or 91 to be contained in the sealed envelope mentioned in that regulation; or

                         (ii)    the printing or issuing of a post ballot report given by the AEC under section 68 or 107 of the Act; or

               (b)    if the report, document or other material mentioned in paragraph (a) is printed by another person — against that person, in relation to the printing.

Part 4A               Representation orders (Ch 4)

  

114A       Representation rights of former State‑registered association subject to demarcation order — transitional registration without demarcation order and no previous order under Chapter 4 of the RAO Schedule (section 138A)

         (1)   For subsection 138A (1) of the Act, this regulation explains the way in which Chapter 4 of the Act applies in relation to an organisation if:

                (a)    immediately before the reform commencement:

                          (i)    it was a State‑registered association; and

                         (ii)    a State demarcation order was in force in relation to it; and

               (b)    it became a transitionally recognised association; and

                (c)    no demarcation order of a kind similar to the State demarcation order was made in relation to the organisation:

                          (i)    while it was a transitionally recognised association; or

                         (ii)    under section 133 of the Act.

         (2)   Chapter 4 applies in relation to the organisation as if the Chapter:

                (a)    required FWA to make an order to the same effect as the State demarcation order mentioned in subparagraph (1) (a) (ii); and

               (b)    permitted FWA:

                          (i)    to make orders under that Chapter about the representation rights of the association without the existence of a demarcation dispute; and

                         (ii)    to disregard any requirement in that Chapter to have regard to:

                                   (A)     the existence of a demarcation dispute; or

                                   (B)     any matter relating to the existence of a demarcation dispute.

         (3)   The order:

                (a)    may be made with changes from the text of the State demarcation order mentioned in subparagraph (1) (a) (ii) that FWA considers necessary to reflect the language and content of the Fair Work Act and the Act; and

               (b)    must be the same in substance as the State demarcation order mentioned in subparagraph (1) (a) (ii); and

                (c)    may be subject to conditions or limitations.

         (4)   For subregulation (2), sections 134, 135 and 138 of the Act are taken not to apply in relation to the organisation.

114B      Representation rights of former State‑registered associations subject to demarcation order — no transitional registration and no previous order under Chapter 4 of the Act (section 138A)

         (1)   For subsection 138A (1) of the Act, this regulation explains the way in which Chapter 4 of the Act applies in relation to an organisation if:

                (a)    immediately before the reform commencement:

                          (i)    it was a State‑registered association; and

                         (ii)    a State demarcation order was in force in relation to it; and

               (b)    it did not become a transitionally recognised association; and

                (c)    no demarcation order of a kind similar to the State demarcation order was made in relation to the organisation under section 133 of the Act.

         (2)   Chapter 4 applies in relation to the organisation as if the Chapter:

                (a)    required FWA to make an order to the same effect as the State demarcation order mentioned in subparagraph (1) (a) (ii); and

               (b)    permitted FWA:

                          (i)    to make orders under that Chapter about the representation rights of the association without the existence of a demarcation dispute; and

                         (ii)    to disregard any requirement in that Chapter to have regard to:

                                   (A)     the existence of a demarcation dispute; or

                                   (B)     any matter relating to the existence of a demarcation dispute.

         (3)   The order:

                (a)    may be made with changes from the text of the State demarcation order mentioned in subparagraph (1) (a) (ii) that FWA considers necessary to reflect the language and content of the Fair Work Act and the Act; and

               (b)    must be the same in substance as the State demarcation order mentioned in subparagraph (1) (a) (ii); and

                (c)    may be subject to conditions or limitations.

         (4)   For subregulation (2), sections 134, 135 and 138 of the Act are taken not to apply in relation to the organisation.

114C      Representation rights of former State‑registered associations subject to demarcation order — transitional registration with demarcation order and no previous order under Chapter 4 of the Act (section 138A)

         (1)   For subsection 138A (1) of the Act, this regulation explains the way in which Chapter 4 of the Act applies in relation to an organisation if:

                (a)    immediately before the reform commencement:

                          (i)    it was a State‑registered association; and

                         (ii)    a State demarcation order was in force in relation to it; and

               (b)    it became a transitionally recognised association; and

                (c)    a demarcation order of a kind similar to the State demarcation order was made in relation to the organisation when it was a transitionally registered association; and

               (d)    no demarcation order of a kind similar to the State demarcation order was made in relation to the organisation under section 133 of the Act.

         (2)   Chapter 4 applies in relation to the organisation as if the Chapter:

                (a)    required FWA to make an order to the same effect as the demarcation order mentioned in paragraph (1) (c); and

               (b)    permitted FWA:

                          (i)    to make orders under that Chapter about the representation rights of the association without the existence of a demarcation dispute; and

                         (ii)    to disregard any requirement in that Chapter to have regard to:

                                   (A)     the existence of a demarcation dispute; or

                                   (B)     any matter relating to the existence of a demarcation dispute.

         (3)   The order:

                (a)    may be made with changes from the text of the State demarcation order mentioned in subparagraph (1) (a) (ii) that FWA considers necessary to reflect the language and content of the Fair Work Act and the Act; and

               (b)    must be the same in substance as the State demarcation order mentioned in subparagraph (1) (a) (ii); and

                (c)    may be subject to conditions or limitations.

         (4)   For subregulation (2), sections 134, 135 and 138 of the Act are taken not to apply in relation to the organisation.

114D      Representation rights of former State‑registered association involved in proceedings regarding representation rights in a State or Territory immediately before the reform commencement (section 138A)

         (1)   For subsection 138A (1) of the Act, this regulation explains the way in which Chapter 4 of the Act applies in relation to an organisation if:

                (a)    immediately before the reform commencement:

                          (i)    it was a State‑registered association that was party to proceedings concerning representation rights under a State or Territory industrial law; and

                         (ii)    no order regarding the representation rights of it and the other parties to the proceedings had been made by the court or tribunal hearing the proceedings; and

               (b)    the organisation is involved in proceedings before FWA concerning the dispute which gave rise to the proceedings mentioned at subparagraph (a) (i).

         (2)   Chapter 4 applies in relation to the organisation as if the Chapter required FWA to have regard to any evidence that was given in the proceedings mentioned at subparagraph (1) (a) (i).

Note   FWA may treat the evidence which was before the State tribunal as being before FWA.

Part 5                 Rules of organisations (Ch 5)

Division 1              Rules of organisations

115         Application for exemption from requirement for postal ballot (s 144 (2))

         (1)   An application for an exemption from subsection 144 (1) of the Act must:

                (a)    be in writing; and

               (b)    state the grounds for seeking the exemption; and

                (c)    be lodged with FWA.

         (2)   An application by an organisation under paragraph 144 (6) (a) of the Act for revocation of an exemption must:

                (a)    be in writing; and

               (b)    state the grounds for seeking the revocation; and

                (c)    be lodged with FWA.

         (3)   An organisation that has a web site must publish on its web site a notice that it has lodged an application mentioned in subregulation (1) or (2).

         (4)   A notice published under subregulation (3) must remain on the web site until:

                (a)    the application mentioned in subregulation (1) or (2) is rejected by the General Manager; or

               (b)    the General Manager revokes an exemption under subsection 144 (6) of the Act, relating to the application mentioned in subregulation (1) or (2).

         (5)   An organisation that does not have a web site must publish a notice that it has lodged the application mentioned in subregulation (1) or (2) in a manner that is reasonably accessible to the organisation’s members.

Examples

1   Publishing the notice in a public notice in a newspaper.

2   Publishing the notice in the organisation’s official union journal.

116         Prescriptions for purposes of paragraph 144 (6) (b) and subsection 144 (7) of the Act

         (1)   For paragraph 144 (6) (b) of the Act, the General Manager must, to give an organisation an opportunity to show cause why an exemption should not be revoked:

                (a)    fix a time and place at which the organisation may show cause; and

               (b)    give the organisation, not less than 7 days before the time so fixed, a written notice:

                          (i)    containing particulars of the time and place fixed under paragraph (a); and

                         (ii)    stating the reasons for the proposed revocation; and

                        (iii)    notifying the organisation of its right to be heard, and to make submissions under subregulation (2), to show cause why an exemption should not be revoked.

         (2)   An organisation may, to show cause under subregulation (1), make submissions to the General Manager by either, or both, of the following:

                (a)    lodging with FWA, not less than 2 days before the day fixed for the hearing, written submissions in relation to the matter;

               (b)    appearing at the hearing and making oral submissions to the General Manager.

         (3)   For subsection 144 (7) of the Act, the General Manager must, to give an organisation an opportunity to be heard in relation to a proposal by the General Manager to determine certain alterations of the rules of the organisation under subsection 144 (7) of the Act:

                (a)    fix a time and place at which the organisation may be heard in relation to the proposed determination; and

               (b)    give the organisation, not less than 7 days before the time so fixed, a written notice:

                          (i)    containing particulars of the time and place fixed under paragraph (a); and

                         (ii)    stating that, in relation to the revocation of an exemption granted to an organisation on a ground mentioned in paragraph 144 (6) (b) of the Act, the General Manager proposes to determine that certain alterations of the rules of the organisation are necessary to bring them into conformity with subsection 144 (1) of the Act; and

                        (iii)    notifying the organisation of its right to be heard and to make submissions, under subregulation (4), in relation to the proposed determination.

         (4)   For the hearing mentioned in subregulation (3), the organisation may make submissions to the General Manager by either, or both, of the following:

                (a)    lodging with FWA, not less than 2 days before the day fixed for the hearing, written submissions in relation to the determination;

               (b)    appearing at the hearing and making oral submissions to the General Manager.

117         Membership agreements — prescribed form (s 151 (1))

                For subsection 151 (1) of the Act, the prescribed form is Form 5.

118         Assets and liabilities agreements — prescribed form (s 152 (2))

                For subsection 152 (2) of the Act, the prescribed form is Form 6.

119         Hearing in relation to alterations of rules (s 156 (1))

         (1)   For subsection 156 (1) of the Act, the General Manager must, to give an organisation an opportunity to be heard on a matter:

                (a)    fix a time and place for a hearing on the matter; and

               (b)    give the organisation, not less than 7 days before the time so fixed, a written notice:

                          (i)    stating the time and place fixed for the hearing on the matter; and

                         (ii)    stating how the rules of the organisation do not, in the General Manager’s opinion, make provision for a matter as required by the Act or these Regulations; and

                        (iii)    notifying the organisation of its right to be heard on the matter and to make submissions, under subregulation (2), in relation to the matter.

         (2)   For the hearing on the matter mentioned in subregulation (1), the organisation may make submissions in relation to the matter to the General Manager by either, or both, of the following:

                (a)    lodging with FWA, not less than 2 days before the day fixed for the hearing, written submissions in relation to the matter;

               (b)    appearing at the hearing and making oral submissions to the General Manager.

120         Hearing in relation to alteration of rules — breach of undertaking (s 157 (2)) [see Note 2]

         (1)   For subsection 157 (2) of the Act, FWA must, to give the organisations mentioned in that subsection an opportunity to be heard on a matter:

                (a)    fix a time and place for a hearing on the matter; and

               (b)    give each organisation, not less than 7 days before the time so fixed, a written notice:

                          (i)    identifying the breach of undertaking and the resulting overlap between the eligibility rules of the 2 organisations; and

                         (ii)    stating the time and place fixed for the hearing; and

                        (iii)    notifying the organisation of its right to be heard on the matter and to make submissions, under subregulation (2), in relation to the matter.

         (2)   Each organisation may make submissions in relation to the matter to FWA by either, or both, of the following:

                (a)    lodging with the Industrial Registry, not less than 2 days before the day fixed for the hearing, written submissions in relation to the matter;

               (b)    appearing at the hearing and making oral submissions to FWA.

         (3)   At the hearing, FWA may direct the manner in which the hearing is to proceed and, after hearing both organisations, may:

                (a)    determine the matter without further delay; or

               (b)    adjourn the proceedings to a later day; or

                (c)    with the agreement of both organisations, determine the matter on a later day without further hearing.

121         Application for consent to change of name or alteration of eligibility rules of an organisation (s 158 (1))

         (1)   An organisation may apply to FWA for the consent of FWA under subsection 158 (1) of the Act to:

                (a)    change the name of the organisation; or

               (b)    alter the eligibility rules of the organisation.

         (2)   An application under subregulation (1) must:

                (a)    be in the form set out in the Procedural Rules or in a form otherwise approved by the President; and

               (b)    set out:

                          (i)    if the application is for consent to change the name of the organisation — the proposed name and the reason for the proposal; or

                         (ii)    if the application is for consent to alter the eligibility rules of the organisation — the proposed alteration, the reason for the proposal and the effect of the proposal, in sufficient particularity to allow the proposal to be properly considered; and

                (c)    contain a declaration:

                          (i)    that the change or alteration was made in accordance with the rules of the organisation; and

                         (ii)    stating the action taken under those rules to make the change or alteration; and

                        (iii)    verifying the facts stated in the application; and

               (d)    be lodged with FWA; and

                (e)    if the application is for consent to alter the eligibility rules of the organisation — be lodged with a copy of the rules that are proposed to be altered.

         (3)   If an application under subregulation (1) is not in accordance with this regulation, the General Manager must tell the applicant how the application or statement does not comply with the regulation.

         (4)   An organisation that has a web site must publish on its web site a notice that it has lodged the application mentioned in subregulation (1).

122         Notification of application for consent to change of name or alteration of eligibility rules (s 158)

                As soon as practicable after receiving an application under subregulation 121 (1), the General Manager must publish a notice in the Gazette stating that the application has been received.

123         Withdrawal of application for consent to change name (s 158)

         (1)   An organisation seeking to withdraw an application made by the organisation under subregulation 121 (1) may, at any time before the application is determined by FWA, lodge with FWA a notice of withdrawal that:

                (a)    contains a written statement signed by an officer of the applicant organisation authorised to sign the statement; and

               (b)    sets out particulars establishing that the decision to withdraw the application was made in accordance with the rules of the organisation.

         (2)   The General Manager must publish in the Gazette a notice of withdrawal lodged under this regulation.

124         Change of name or alteration of eligibility rules of organisation — objections (s 158)

         (1)   Any interested organisation, association or person (the objector) may, no later than 35 days after a notice of the receipt of an application under subregulation 121 (1) (the original application) is published in the Gazette, lodge with FWA a notice of objection to the change of name, or the alteration of the eligibility rules, to which the original application relates.

         (2)   The notice of objection must:

                (a)    be lodged with FWA; and

               (b)    comply with the requirements of regulation 14.

         (3)   FWA may allow an objector to amend a notice of objection if:

                (a)    a further application is made; and

               (b)    the objector satisfies FWA that the objector has further grounds for objection arising from the application mentioned in paragraph (a).

         (4)   Within 7 days after a notice of objection is lodged with FWA, the objector must serve a copy of the notice on the organisation that lodged the original application.

         (5)   An organisation:

                (a)    may, no later than 14 days after service on it under subregulation (4) of a copy of the notice of objection, lodge with FWA, in answer to the objection, a written statement signed by an officer of the organisation authorised to sign the statement; and

               (b)    must, no later than 7 days after lodging a written statement under paragraph (a), serve a copy of the statement on the objector.

125         Change of name etc — hearing of application for consent (s 158)

         (1)   FWA, in dealing with an application under subregulation 121 (1), must not:

                (a)    refuse to grant the application without giving the applicant an opportunity to be heard; or

               (b)    grant the application without giving any objector who has complied with regulation 124 an opportunity to be heard.

         (2)   FWA must, to give the applicant and an objector mentioned in paragraph (1) (b) (the objector) an opportunity to be heard:

                (a)    fix a time and place for a hearing; and

               (b)    notify the applicant and the objector of the time and place so fixed.

         (3)   FWA may, at the time and place fixed for the hearing, give directions relating to the manner in which the hearing is to proceed and may:

                (a)    determine the matter without further delay; or

               (b)    adjourn the proceedings to a later day; or

                (c)    with the agreement of the applicant and the objector, determine the matter on a later day without a further hearing.

126         Alteration of other rules of organisations (s 159 (1))

         (1)   For subsection 159 (1) of the Act, if an alteration of the rules (other than the eligibility rules) of an organisation is made, the organisation, within 35 days after the alteration is made, or within any additional period the General Manager allows, must:

                (a)    lodge with FWA a notice setting out the particulars of the alteration; and

               (b)    if the organisation has a web site — publish on its web site a notice that the notice mentioned in paragraph (a) has been lodged.

         (2)   The notice must contain a declaration, signed by an officer of the organisation authorised to sign the declaration, stating:

                (a)    that the alteration was made in accordance with the rules of the organisation; and

               (b)    the action taken under those rules to make the alteration; and

                (c)    that the particulars set out in the notice are true and correct to the best of the knowledge and belief of the signatory.

         (3)   The General Manager may refuse to certify, under subsection 159 (1) of the Act, an alteration of the rules unless this regulation is complied with.

Division 2              Validity and performance of rules

127         Hearing in relation to rules contravening section 142 of the Act (s 163)

         (1)   For subsection 163 (7) of the Act, the appropriate authority must, to give an organisation an opportunity to be heard on a matter:

                (a)    fix a time and place for a hearing on the matter; and

               (b)    give the organisation, not less than 7 days before the time so fixed, a written notice:

                          (i)    identifying the matter; and

                         (ii)    stating the time and place fixed for the hearing on the matter; and

                        (iii)    notifying the organisation of its right to appear before the appropriate authority and to make submissions, under subregulation (2), in relation to the matter.

         (2)   For the hearing on the matter mentioned in subregulation (1), the organisation may make submissions in relation to the matter to the appropriate authority by either, or both, of the following:

                (a)    lodging with FWA, not less than 2 days before the day fixed for the hearing on the matter, written submissions in relation to the matter;

               (b)    appearing at the hearing on the matter and making oral submissions to the appropriate authority.

         (3)   In this regulation, appropriate authority has the same meaning as in subsection 163 (12) of the Act.


 

Part 6                 Membership of organisations (Ch 6)

  

128         Conscientious objection — issue of certificates (s 180 (1))

         (1)   An application under paragraph 180 (1) (a) of the Act must:

                (a)    be in the form set out in the Procedural Rules or in a form otherwise approved by the President; and

               (b)    contain a declaration signed by the applicant supporting the statements made in the application; and

                (c)    be lodged with FWA.

         (2)   For subsection 180 (1) of the Act, the prescribed form for a certificate issued by the General Manager is Form 7.

129         Conscientious objection — renewal of certificates (s 180 (3))

         (1)   A person may apply to the General Manager to renew a certificate issued to him or her under subsection 180 (1) of the Act.

         (2)   An application under subregulation (1) must be made before the end of the period for which the certificate is in force.

         (3)   An application under subregulation (1) must:

                (a)    be in the form set out in the Procedural Rules or in a form otherwise approved by the President; and

               (b)    contain a declaration signed by the applicant supporting the statements made in the application; and

                (c)    be lodged with FWA.

130         Conscientious objection — revocation of certificates (s 180 (4))

                For subsection 180 (4) of the Act, the General Manager must, to give a person an opportunity to show cause why a certificate issued to the person under subsection 180 (1) of the Act should not be revoked:

                (a)    fix a time and place at which the person may appear before the General Manager to make an oral submission to show cause why the certificate should not be revoked; and

               (b)    give the person, not less than 7 days before the time so fixed, a written notice:

                          (i)    containing particulars of the time and place fixed under paragraph (a); and

                         (ii)    stating the reasons for the proposed revocation; and

                        (iii)    notifying the person of the person’s entitlement to an opportunity to show cause why the certificate should not be revoked.


 

Part 7                 Democratic control (Ch 7)

Division 1              Conduct of elections — preparation and inspection

131         Preparation and inspection of voter rolls (s 182)

         (1)   This regulation applies in relation to an election for an office in an organisation, other than to an election for which the General Manager has, under section 186 of the Act, granted an exemption.

         (2)   The roll of voters for the election must:

                (a)    be prepared at the direction of an electoral official; and

               (b)    set out opposite the name of each person on the roll the postal address of that person; and

                (c)    be closed within the time specified in the rules of the organisation.

         (3)   The electoral official conducting the ballot must make the roll available for inspection and copying during ordinary business hours at the place where the official carries out his or her duties in relation to the election, in the period starting the day after the day when the roll was closed in accordance with paragraph (2) (c), and ending 30 days after the declaration of the result of the election.

         (4)   The electoral official must make the roll available for inspection and copying by:

                (a)    a member of the organisation; and

               (b)    any other person authorised by the electoral official.

         (5)   The roll may be kept, and copies may be supplied, electronically.

         (6)   If a copy of a roll, or a copy of part of a roll, is made or supplied under this regulation, a person must not use information in the roll for a purpose other than:

                (a)    a purpose in connection with the election; or

               (b)    to monitor the accuracy of the information contained in the roll.

Penalty:   10 penalty units.

132         Rules for purpose of sections 193, 197 and 198 of the Act

                For sections 193, 197 and 198 of the Act, the rules of an organisation or branch are the rules in force on the day nominations for an election open.

133         Application for organisation or branch to conduct its elections for office (s 183 (1)) [see Note 2]

         (1)   An application under subsection 183 (1) of the RAO Schedule must:

                (a)    be in writing; and

               (b)    state the grounds for seeking the exemption; and

                (c)    contain a declaration signed by a member of the committee of management verifying the facts set out in the application; and

               (d)    be lodged with FWA.

         (2)   For paragraph 183 (2) (b) of the Act, a member of an organisation or branch is notified of the making of a resolution if:

                (a)    the member is given a copy of the resolution; or

               (b)    a notice of the making of the resolution is published:

                          (i)    if the organisation or branch publishes a journal that is circulated among its members — in the next journal; and

                         (ii)    if the organisation or branch has a web site — on that web site within 14 days after the resolution is made.

134         Publication of notice for subsection 183 (4) of the Act

         (1)   The General Manager must publish a notice mentioned in subsection 183 (4) of the Act:

                (a)    in at least one newspaper; and

               (b)    no later than 14 days after the application under subsection 183 (1) of the Act is lodged with FWA.

         (2)   The General Manager must be of the opinion that the notice published under subregulation (1) is likely to come to the attention of members of the relevant organisation or branch.

135         Objections to application to conduct elections for office (s 184 (1)) [see Note 2]

         (1)   An objection under subsection 184 (1) of the RAO Schedule may be made by lodging a notice of objection with FWA no later than 28 days after the publication of the notice mentioned in subregulation 134 (1).

         (2)   A notice of objection must comply with the requirements of regulation 14.

         (3)   No later than 7 days after a notice of objection is lodged, the objector must serve a copy of the notice of objection on the applicant.

         (4)   An applicant:

                (a)    may, within 14 days after service on it of a copy of a notice of objection under subregulation (3), lodge with FWA in answer to the objection a written statement signed by a member of the committee of management making the application; and

               (b)    must, within 7 days after a written statement is so lodged, serve a copy of the statement on the objector.

136         Hearing of application to conduct elections for office (s 184 (2))

         (1)   The General Manager who is to hear a matter must:

                (a)    fix a time and place for hearing the application and any objection; and

               (b)    notify the applicant and any objector of the time and place so fixed.

         (2)   At the hearing, the General Manager must:

                (a)    hear the applicant and any objector if they are present and wish to be heard; and

               (b)    decide the matter.

         (3)   The General Manager may permit the applicant and any objector to call oral evidence.

137         Revocation of exemption allowing an organisation or branch to conduct its elections for office (s 186 (2))

         (1)   An application by the committee of management of an organisation or branch under subsection 186 (2) of the Act for revocation of an exemption must:

                (a)    be in writing; and

               (b)    contain a written statement signed by a member of the committee of management stating that the committee of management has resolved to make the application; and

                (c)    be lodged with FWA.

         (2)   For paragraph 186 (2) (b) of the Act, the General Manager, to give an organisation or branch an opportunity to show cause why an exemption granted to the organisation or branch should not be revoked, must:

                (a)    fix a time and place at which the organisation or branch may show cause; and

               (b)    give the organisation or branch a written notice containing particulars of the time and place so fixed by the General Manager together with a statement of his or her reasons for the proposed revocation.

138         Prescribed information for election (s 189 (1))

         (1)   For subsection 189 (1) of the Act, the following information is prescribed information for an election conducted for an office or for a position other than an office:

                (a)    the name of each office or position for which an election is required;

               (b)    the reason for the election is that:

                          (i)    the term of the office or position has expired or is due to expire in the normal course of events; or

                         (ii)    a casual vacancy in the office or position has occurred (or will occur imminently); or

                        (iii)    a new office or position has been created; or

                        (iv)    the office or position was not filled at the previous election;

                (c)    if more than one of the offices or positions for which an election is required has the same name, and the number of offices or positions can, under the rules of the relevant organisation or branch, be determined before the prescribed day — the number of those offices or positions;

               (d)    if the electorate comprises only members of a branch, section or other division of an organisation — the name of the branch, section or division;

                (e)    the date and time of the beginning and end of the period in which nominations of candidates will be called for or may be made under the rules of the organisation or branch in relation to the election;

                (f)    the day provided for in the rules of the organisation as the day on which the roll of voters is to be closed;

               (g)    the kind of voting system to be used in the conduct of the election is:

                          (i)    a direct voting system; or

                         (ii)    a collegiate electoral system.

         (2)   The prescribed information lodged by an organisation or branch under subsection 189 (1) of the Act must contain a statement, signed by an officer of the organisation or branch who is authorised to sign the statement, that the information is lodged under subsection 189 (1) of the Act.

         (3)   For subsection 189 (2) of the Act, the prescribed day is the day occurring 2 months before the first day when a person may, under the rules of the organisation or branch, become a candidate in an election.

139         Availability of post-election report (s 193)

                If a ballot is required for an election under Part 2 of Chapter 7 of the Act, the electoral official must advise each member who is eligible to vote in the election that a post‑election report under section 197 of the Act can be obtained from the organisation or branch, or from the AEC, on the request of the member.

140         Declaration of result of election (s 193)

         (1)   Within 14 days after the closing day of an election, the AEC must issue a declaration stating the following:

                (a)    the total number of persons on the roll of voters;

               (b)    the total number of ballot papers issued (if applicable);

                (c)    the total number of envelopes that were returned undelivered by the closing day of the ballot to the AEC (if applicable);

               (d)    the total number of ballot papers received by the electoral official by the closing day of the ballot (if applicable);

                (e)    the result of the election;

                (f)    the total number of informal ballot papers (if applicable).

         (2)   In subregulation (1), closing day, for an election, means:

                (a)    if a ballot is not required — the day on which nominations for the election close; or

               (b)    if a ballot is required — the closing day of the ballot.

         (3)   Immediately after issuing a declaration under subregulation (1), the AEC must give a copy of the declaration to:

                (a)    the General Manager; and

               (b)    the organisation or branch for whom the election was conducted.

141         Post-election report by AEC (s 197 (2))

         (1)   For subsection 197 (2) of the Act, the following matters are prescribed for inclusion in the report (the post-election report) given under subsection 197 (1) of the Act:

                (a)    the declaration mentioned in regulation 140;

               (b)    any rules of the organisation or branch which because of ambiguity or other reason, were difficult to interpret or apply;

                (c)    any matters in relation to the roll of voters including those matters contained in subsection 197 (3) of the Act;

               (d)    the number of written allegations (if any) of irregularities made to the AEC during the election;

                (e)    action taken by the AEC in relation to those allegations;

                (f)    any other irregularities identified by the AEC and action taken by the AEC in relation to those other irregularities.

         (2)   The AEC must:

                (a)    give the post-election report within 30 days after the closing day of the election; and

               (b)    publish a notice on its web site advising that a copy of the post-election report can be obtained from the AEC on the request of a member who was eligible to vote in the election.

         (3)   The AEC must supply a copy of the post-election report to the member as soon as practicable, but no later than 7 days, after receiving a request under paragraph (2) (b).

         (4)   An organisation or branch that has a web site must, as soon as practicable after receiving the post-election report, publish on its web site a notice that a copy of the report is available from the organisation or branch, or from the AEC, on the request of a member who was eligible to vote in the election.

         (5)   A notice published under subregulation (4) must remain on the web site until the end of the period in which an application may be made under subregulation 143 (1).

         (6)   An organisation that does not have a web site must, as soon as practicable after receiving the post-election report, publish a notice that a copy of the report is available from the organisation or branch, or from the AEC, on the request of a member who was eligible to vote in the election.

         (7)   The notice mentioned in subregulation (6) must be published in a manner that is reasonably accessible to the organisation’s members.

Examples

1   Publishing the notice in a public notice in a newspaper.

2   Publishing the notice in the organisation’s official union journal.

142         Adverse report on rules (s 198)

         (1)   The AEC must advise the General Manager of a possible contravention of subsection 198 (1) of the Act not later than 21 days after the AEC has become aware of the possible contravention.

         (2)   For paragraph 198 (6) (c) of the Act, in addition to the matters specified in subsection 198 (6) of the Act, an organisation or branch must meet the following requirements if the organisation or branch has a web site:

                (a)    the organisation or branch must publish a copy of the relevant extract of the report on its web site within 14 days after receiving the post-election report;

               (b)    the organisation or branch must publish the written response given under subsection 198 (1) on its web site within 14 days after giving the response to the AEC.

143         Application for inquiry into election (s 200)

         (1)   An application to the Federal Court under section 200 of the Act for an inquiry into an election may be made:

                (a)    at any time on or before the day when the result of the election is declared; or

               (b)    no later than 3 months after that day; or

                (c)    on a later day fixed by the Federal Court.

         (2)   An application mentioned in subregulation (1) must be:

                (a)    in the form set out in the Federal Court Rules; and

               (b)    lodged in the Federal Court together with any document that the Federal Court Rules require to be lodged with the application.

144         Prescribed form of identity card (s 203 (2) (a))

                For paragraph 203 (2) (a) of the Act, Form 8 is prescribed.

Division 2              Conduct of elections by AEC (Ch 7, Pt 2)

145         Elections conducted by AEC — no unauthorised action

         (1)   For any election conducted by the AEC under Part 2 of Chapter 7 of the Act, a person other than the person conducting the election must not do, or purport to do, any act in the conduct of the election other than as directed or authorised by the person conducting the election.

Note   This subregulation is a civil penalty provision (see regulation 168).

         (2)   The AEC must advise the General Manager of a possible contravention of subregulation (1) not later than 21 days after the AEC has become aware of the possible contravention.

146         No action for defamation in certain cases

                No action or proceeding, civil or criminal, for defamation lies:

                (a)    against the Commonwealth or an electoral official conducting, on behalf of the AEC, an election under the Act or these Regulations, in relation to:

                          (i)    the printing or issuing of material by the electoral official being material prepared by or on behalf of a candidate in the election; or

                         (ii)    the printing or issuing of a post-election report given by the AEC under section 197 of the Act; or

               (b)    if the report or other material mentioned in paragraph (a) is printed by another person — against that person, in relation to the printing.


 

Part 8                 Records and accounts (Ch 8)

  

147         Prescribed records to be kept and lodged by organisations (s 230 (1) (d))

                For paragraph 230 (1) (d) of the Act, the following records are prescribed in relation to an organisation:

                (a)    a record of the name of each branch of the organisation;

               (b)    a record of the name of each branch that commenced operation in the previous 12 months;

                (c)    a record of the name of each branch that ceased operation in the previous 12 months;

               (d)    a record of the address of:

                          (i)    the office of the organisation; and

                         (ii)    the office of each branch of the organisation;

                (e)    a record of each election that must, under the rules of the organisation, be held during each year commencing 1 January:

                          (i)    for an office in the organisation; and

                         (ii)    for an office in a branch of the organisation;

                (f)    a record of the number of members on 31 December in the previous year;

               (g)    if the organisation has entered into an agreement mentioned in subsection 151 (1) of the Act — a record of the number of members of the organisation who were, on 31 December in the previous year, ineligible State members, in relation to the organisation, within the meaning of section 150 of  the Act.

148         Prescribed day for keeping copy of register (s 231 (2))

         (1)   For subsection 231 (2) of the Act, the prescribed day for keeping a copy of the register, or a part of the register, is the day provided for in the rules of an organisation, in accordance with subparagraph 143 (1) (e) (i) of the Act, as the day on which the roll of voters for a ballot for an election for office is to be closed.

         (2)   If the AEC determines that a ballot for an election for office in an organisation is not required, the organisation is not required to keep a copy of the register, or a part of the register, as it stood on the prescribed day.

149         Prescribed time to lodge information (s 233 (1))

                For subsection 233 (1) of the Act, any time during the period of 3 months beginning on 1 January is prescribed.

150         Prescribed officer for lodging information (s 233 and 236 (1))

                For section 233 and subsection 236 (1) of the Act, an officer of an organisation, other than the secretary, who is required by the organisation or by the rules of the organisation to keep the records mentioned in subsection 230 (1) of the Act is a prescribed officer of the organisation.

151         Prescribed period for notification of change to records (s 233 (2))

                For subsection 233 (2) of the Act, for the lodgment of notification of any change to the records, the period of 35 days, beginning on the day after the day when the change is made, is prescribed.

152         Notice to be published (s 241 (1))

         (1)   A notice mentioned in subsection 241 (1) of the Act must be:

                (a)    in writing; and

               (b)    published in at least one newspaper.

         (2)   The General Manager must be of the opinion that the notice mentioned in subregulation (1) is likely to come to the attention of persons likely to be affected by the proposed amalgamation.

         (3)   A reference to a particular Australian Accounting Standard in subsection 241 (1) of the Act includes a reference to a part of that standard.

153         Application for determination of reporting units (s 246 (1) (a))

         (1)   For paragraph 246 (1) (a) of the Act, an application must be lodged with FWA, together with the following:

                (a)    a declaration signed by the secretary or an officer of the organisation authorised to make the declaration verifying the facts set out in the application and in the documents being lodged with the application;

               (b)    details of the existing reporting units;

                (c)    details of the proposed alternative division into reporting units;

               (d)    a copy of the resolutions in favour of the proposed division made by the respective committees of management of the organisation and of each branch affected by the proposed division;

                (e)    a statement of reasons supporting the proposed division which specifically addresses how the level of financial information that would be available to members affected would be adequate and relevant to them.

         (2)   An organisation that has a web site must publish on its web site a notice that it has lodged the application mentioned in subregulation (1).

         (3)   A notice published under subregulation (2) must remain on the web site until:

                (a)    the application mentioned in subregulation (1) is rejected by the General Manager; or

               (b)    the General Manager revokes a certificate under subsection 249 (1) of the Act, relating to the application mentioned in subregulation (1).

         (4)   An organisation that does not have a web site must publish a notice that it has lodged the application mentioned in subregulation (1) in a manner that is reasonably accessible to the organisation’s members.

Examples

1   Publishing the notice in a public notice in a newspaper.

2   Publishing the notice in the organisation’s official union journal.

154         Determination of reporting units (s 247)

         (1)   For paragraph 247 (1) (c) of the Act, the General Manager must give notice to the reporting units of the General Manager’s intention to issue a certificate under section 245 of the Act.

         (2)   The notice mentioned in subregulation (1) must:

                (a)    be in writing; and

               (b)    state reasons for the intention; and

                (c)    advise that a reporting unit affected by the proposed alternative division has the opportunity to be heard under regulation 157.

155         Application for revocation of certificate (s 249 (4) (a))

                For paragraph 249 (4) (a) of the Act, an application must be lodged with FWA, together with the following:

                (a)    a declaration signed by the secretary or an officer of the organisation authorised to sign the declaration verifying the facts set out in the application and in the documents being lodged with the application;

               (b)    details of the existing reporting units;

                (c)    a copy of any resolutions concerning the proposed division made by the respective committees of management of the organisation and of each branch affected by the proposed division;

               (d)    a statement explaining how the level of financial information that would be available to members of a reporting unit under the proposed division would be adequate and relevant.

156         Prescribed procedure for revoking certificate (s 249 (6) (b) and (7))

         (1)   For paragraph 249 (6) (b) and subsection 249 (7) of the Act, the General Manager must give notice to the reporting units of the  General Manager’s intention to revoke a certificate issued under section 245 of the Act.

         (2)   The notice must:

                (a)    be in writing; and

               (b)    state reasons for the intention; and

                (c)    advise that a reporting unit affected by the revocation has the opportunity to be heard under regulation 157.

157         Opportunity to be heard (s 247 and 249)

         (1)   For sections 247 and 249 of the Act, the General Manager must, for the purpose of giving an organisation and an affected reporting unit an opportunity to be heard on a matter:

                (a)    fix a time and place for a hearing on the matter; and

               (b)    give the organisation and each reporting unit, not less than 7 days before the time so fixed, a notice in writing:

                          (i)    identifying the matter; and

                         (ii)    specifying the time and place fixed for the hearing on the matter; and

                        (iii)    notifying the organisation and any affected reporting unit of their right to appear before the General Manager and to make submissions, in accordance with subregulation (2), relating to the matter.

         (2)   The organisation and each affected reporting unit may make submissions to the General Manager by either, or both, of the following:

                (a)    lodging with FWA, not less than 2 days before the day fixed for the hearing on the matter, written submissions relating to the matter;

               (b)    appearing at the hearing on the matter and making oral submissions to the General Manager.

158         Keeping records (s 252 (1) (a))

                For paragraph 252 (1) (a) of the Act, a record that contains information prescribed for subsection 272 (1) of the Act is prescribed.

159         Prescribed information contained in operating report (s 254 (2) (f))

                For paragraph 254 (2) (f) of the Act, the following information is prescribed:

                (a)    the number of persons that were, at the end of the financial year to which the report relates, recorded in the register of members for section 230 of the Act and who are taken to be members of the reporting unit under section 244 of the Act;

               (b)    the number of persons who were, at the end of the financial year to which the report relates, employees of the reporting unit, where the number of employees includes both full-time employees and part-time employees measured on a full‑time equivalent basis;

                (c)    the name of each person who has been a member of the committee of management of the reporting unit at any time during the reporting period, and the period for which he or she held such a position.

160         Limit on length of written representations (s 263 (5))

                For subsection 263 (5) of the Act, written representations by the auditor may not exceed 2 000 words.

161         Concise report (s 265 (3) (a))

         (1)   For subsection 265 (3) of the Act, a concise financial report must include:

                (a)    the following financial statements presented as in the full report except for the omission of cross-references to notes to the financial statements in the full report:

                          (i)    a profit and loss statement for the financial year;

                         (ii)    a balance sheet for the end of the financial year;

                        (iii)    a statement of cash flows for the financial year; and

               (b)    disclosure of information for the preceding financial year corresponding to the disclosures made for the current financial year; and

                (c)    discussion and analysis of the principal factors affecting the financial performance, financial position and financial and investing activities of the reporting unit to assist the understanding of members; and

               (d)    any reports or statements mentioned in paragraph 253 (2) (c) of the Act; and

                (e)    in addition to the statement required by paragraph 265 (3) (e) of the Act, a statement that the concise financial report has been derived from the full report and cannot be expected to provide as full an understanding of the financial performance, financial position and financial and investing activities of the reporting unit as the full report; and

                (f)    the notice mentioned in subsection 272 (5) of the Act.

         (2)   A concise report may include any other information consistent with the full report.

162         Prescribed officer for issuing certificate (s 268 (c))

                For paragraph 268 (c) of the Act, a prescribed designated officer is:

                (a)    the secretary; or

               (b)    an officer of the organisation other than the secretary who is authorised by the organisation or by the rules of the organisation to sign the certificate mentioned in that paragraph.

163         Prescribed State Act (s 269 (1) (a))

         (1)   For paragraph 269 (1) (a) of the Act, the following are prescribed State Acts:

                (a)    Industrial and Employee Relations Act 1994 (SA);

               (b)    Industrial Relations Act 1979 (WA);

                (c)    Industrial Relations Act 1984 (Tas);

               (d)    Industrial Relations Act 1996 (NSW);

                (e)    Industrial Relations Act 1999 (Qld).

         (2)   For paragraph 269 (2) (b) of the Act, the following legislation is prescribed State legislation:

                (a)    any Act mentioned in subregulation (1);

               (b)    any subordinate legislation made under any Act mentioned in subregulation (1).

164         Preparation of general purpose financial report (s 270)

         (1)   For subsection 270 (4) of the Act, a period of 4 months is prescribed.

         (2)   For subsection 270 (7) of the Act, a prescribed designated officer is:

                (a)    the secretary; or

               (b)    an officer of the reporting unit, other than the secretary, who is authorised by the rules of the reporting unit to sign the certificate mentioned in that subsection.

165         Prescribed circumstances (s 271 (1))

                For subsection 271 (1) of the Act, the following circumstances are prescribed:

                (a)    whether the reporting unit expends economic resources or incurs any financial obligations to conduct its activities;

               (b)    whether another reporting unit of the organisation expends its own economic resources or incurs financial obligations so that the reporting unit may conduct its activities;

                (c)    whether any person or body corporate or trust expends its own economic resources or incurs financial obligations so that the reporting unit may conduct its activities.

166         Information to be given to members (s 272 (1) and (2))

         (1)   An application under subsection 272 (1) of the Act to a reporting unit of an organisation must be:

                (a)    in writing addressed to the secretary, or any other executive officer, of the organisation; and

               (b)    delivered by hand at, or sent by prepaid post to, the office of the organisation.

         (2)   For subsection 272 (1) of the Act, the following information about a reporting unit (in relation to the last financial year in respect of which a report was made under subsection 257 (1) of the Act) is prescribed information:

                (a)    for any compulsory levy raised by the reporting unit other than a levy for which the reporting unit has, during the financial year, operated a special fund or account:

                          (i)    the purpose for which the levy was raised; and

                         (ii)    the total amount received by the reporting unit; and

                        (iii)    the total amount expended for that purpose;

               (b)    for any collection by the reporting unit of voluntary contributions made by the members for the furtherance of a particular purpose, other than voluntary contributions for which the reporting unit has, during the financial year, operated a special fund or account:

                          (i)    the purpose for which the contributions were collected; and

                         (ii)    the total amount received by the reporting unit as voluntary contributions for the furtherance of that purpose; and

                        (iii)    the total amount expended for that purpose;

                (c)    for any donation or grant exceeding $1 000 made to the reporting unit:

                          (i)    the amount of the donation or grant; and

                         (ii)    if the donation or grant was made for a specified purpose — the purpose so specified;

               (d)    for any compulsory levy imposed on the reporting unit:

                          (i)    the purpose for which the levy was imposed; and

                         (ii)    the total amount paid by the reporting unit; and

                        (iii)    the name and address of the entity (including another reporting unit of the organisation) imposing the levy;

                (e)    for any donation or grant exceeding $1 000 made by the reporting unit:

                          (i)    the purpose for which the donation or grant was made; and

                         (ii)    the amount of the donation or grant; and

                        (iii)    if the donation or grant is not a prescribed donation or grant — the name and address of the person to whom the donation or grant was made;

                (f)    for any amount exceeding $1 000 (that is not an amount that must be disclosed in the general purpose financial report) received or paid by the reporting unit:

                          (i)    the amount received or paid by the reporting unit; and

                         (ii)    the name and address of the person from whom the amount was received or to whom the amount was paid; and

                        (iii)    the purpose for which the amount was received or paid by the reporting unit;

               (g)    for any amount exceeding $1 000 (that is not an amount that must be disclosed in the general purpose financial report) paid by the reporting unit to an officer or employee of the reporting unit whether a single transaction or multiple transactions for the reimbursement of out of pocket expenses;

               (h)    for any amount exceeding $1 000 (that is not an amount that must be disclosed in the general purpose financial report) paid by the reporting unit to an officer of the reporting unit whether a single transaction or multiple transactions for the reimbursement of remuneration foregone by the officer in relation to the usual occupation of the officer in the course of performing duties as an officer of the reporting unit;

                (i)    for any amount exceeding $1 000 (that is not an amount that must be disclosed in the general purpose financial report) paid by the reporting unit on behalf of an officer or employee of the reporting unit whether a single transaction or multiple transactions for goods and services for the personal use of the officer or employee or in discharge of the personal financial obligations of the officer or employee;

                (j)    the amount paid as remuneration to the holder of any office in the reporting unit;

               (k)    for any loan exceeding $1 000 made by the reporting unit:

                          (i)    the amount of the loan; and

                         (ii)    the purpose for which the loan was required; and

                        (iii)    the security given for the loan; and

                        (iv)    if the loan is not a prescribed loan — the name and address of the person to whom the loan was made and the arrangements made for the repayment of the loan;

                (l)    for any loan exceeding $10 000 received by the reporting unit:

                          (i)    the name and address of the person from whom the loan was received; and

                         (ii)    the amount of the loan; and

                        (iii)    the purpose for which the loan was required; and

                        (iv)    the security given for the loan; and

                         (v)    the arrangements made for the repayment of the loan;

              (m)    for any contingent liability of the reporting unit at the end of the financial year that has been determined and exceeds 5% of the net value of the assets of the reporting unit at the end of the financial year:

                          (i)    a description of the liability; and

                         (ii)    the amount for which the reporting unit is liable;

               (n)    for any fund or account operated by the reporting unit in relation to a compulsory levy raised by the reporting unit or in relation to voluntary contributions collected from the members of the reporting unit:

                          (i)    the purpose for which the levy was raised or the voluntary contributions collected; and

                         (ii)    the amount of the balance of the fund or account at the beginning of the financial year (if applicable); and

                        (iii)    if any money was transferred to the fund or account from any other fund or account operated by the reporting unit and, if any money was so transferred, a description of each fund or account from which money was so transferred and the amount transferred from each fund or account; and

                        (iv)    the total amount paid by the members of the reporting unit for the levy or as voluntary contributions; and

                         (v)    the total amount of payments made out of the fund or account in furtherance of the purpose for which the levy was imposed or the voluntary contributions collected; and

                        (vi)    if any payment was made out of the fund or account in furtherance of a purpose other than the purpose for which the levy was imposed or the voluntary contributions collected and, if any payment was so made, the amount of each payment and the purpose for which it was made; and

                       (vii)    if any money was transferred from the fund or account to any other fund or account operated by the reporting unit or by the organisation of which the reporting unit is a part and, if any money was so transferred, a description of each fund or account to which the money was transferred and the amount transferred to each fund or account; and

                      (viii)    in relation to:

                                   (A)     each payment whose particulars are given in accordance with subparagraph (vi); and

                                   (B)     each transfer whose particulars are given in accordance with subparagraph (vii);

                                 the designation within the reporting unit of the person who approved the payment or transfer and the date when the approval was given; and

                        (ix)    the amount of the balance of the fund or account at the end of the financial year or, for a fund or account that the reporting unit ceased to operate before the end of the financial year, the amount of the closing balance and, if any part of that balance or closing balance has been invested in any assets, the amount so invested and a description of those assets;

               (o)    for any fund (other than the general fund or a fund mentioned in paragraph (n)) the operation of which is required by the rules of the reporting unit:

                          (i)    the purpose for which the fund was operated; and

                         (ii)    the amount of the balance of the fund at the beginning of the financial year (if applicable); and

                        (iii)    if any money was transferred to the fund from any other fund or any account operated by the reporting unit and, if any money was so transferred, a description of each fund or account from which money was so transferred and the amount transferred from each fund or account; and

                        (iv)    the total amount of moneys, other than money mentioned in subparagraph (iii), paid into the fund; and

                         (v)    the total amount of payments made out of the fund in furtherance of the purpose for which the fund was operated; and

                        (vi)    if any payment was made out of the fund in furtherance of a purpose other than the purpose for which the fund was operated and, if any payment was so made, the amount of each payment and the purpose for which it was made; and

                       (vii)    if any money was transferred from the fund to any other fund or any account operated by the reporting unit and, if any money was so transferred, a description of each fund or account to which the money was transferred and the amount transferred to each fund or account; and

                      (viii)    in relation to:

                                   (A)     each payment whose particulars are given in accordance with subparagraph (vi); and

                                   (B)     each transfer whose particulars are given in accordance with subparagraph (vii);

                                 the designation within the reporting unit of the person who approved the payment or transfer and the date when the approval was given; and

                        (ix)    the amount of the balance of the fund at the end of the financial year or, for a fund that the reporting unit ceased to operate before the end of the financial year, the amount of the closing balance and, if any part of that balance or closing balance has been invested in any assets, the amount so invested and a description of those assets; and

                         (x)    the amount paid for payroll deduction facilities provided by the employer of the member:

                                   (A)     who made an application under subsection 272 (1) of the Act; or

                                   (B)     on whose behalf the application was made.

         (3)   In subregulation (2):

                (a)    a reference to a person includes a reference to any body whether corporate or unincorporate; and

               (b)    a reference to a prescribed donation or grant or to a prescribed loan is a reference to a donation or grant made, or a loan granted by an reporting unit to a member of the reporting unit on the certification of the officer of the reporting unit authorising the donation or grant, or the loan that the officer was satisfied, from investigations made by the officer, that the donation or grant, or the loan, was necessary to relieve the member or a dependant of the member from severe financial hardship.

         (4)   For paragraph (2) (f), a member must:

                (a)    specify the nature of any transaction for which the amount was received or paid; and

               (b)    provide any other information the member has to assist the reporting unit to identify in its financial records the information applied for under subsection 272 (1) of the Act.

         (5)   Any information that must be made available to a member of a reporting unit, or to the General Manager, under subsection 272 (3) of the Act:

                (a)    must be in writing signed by a designated officer as defined in section 243 of the Act; and

               (b)    must:

                          (i)    if the application was made by the General Manager — be delivered by hand at, or sent by prepaid post to, the office of the General Manager; or

                         (ii)    if the application was made by a member of the reporting unit and specifies an address for the member — be sent by prepaid post to that address; or

                        (iii)    in any other case — be left for collection at the office of the reporting unit.

167         Evidence of membership of organisation to be supplied (s 272 (1))

                If the General Manager receives a request mentioned in subsection 272 (4) of the Act purporting to be made by a member of a reporting unit, the General Manager may require the person making the request to supply evidence that the person is a member of the reporting unit.

Part 9                 Civil consequences of contravening civil penalty provisions (Ch 10)

  

168         Civil penalty provisions

         (1)   An application may be made to the Federal Court for orders under regulations 169 and 170 for conduct that contravenes a civil penalty provision.

         (2)   The following provisions are the civil penalty provisions:

                (a)    subregulation 38 (8) (statement of change);

               (b)    subregulation 68 (8) (direction by electoral official);

                (c)    subregulation 87 (2) (direction by electoral official);

               (d)    subregulation 97 (10) (direction by electoral official);

                (e)    subregulation 112 (2) (direction by electoral official);

                (f)    subregulation 113 (1) (unauthorised act during ballot);

               (g)    subregulation 145 (1) (unauthorised act during election or ballot).

169         Pecuniary penalty orders that the Federal Court may make

         (1)   For conduct that contravenes a civil penalty provision in these Regulations, the Federal Court may make an order imposing on the person or organisation whose conduct contravened the civil penalty provision a pecuniary penalty of not more than:

                (a)    in the case of a body corporate — 25 penalty units; or

               (b)    in any other case — 5 penalty units.

         (2)   A penalty payable under this regulation is a civil debt payable to the Commonwealth.

         (3)   The Commonwealth may enforce the order as if it were an order made in civil proceedings against the person, reporting unit or organisation to recover a debt due by the person.

         (4)   The debt arising from the order is taken to be a judgment debt.

170         Other orders

         (1)   The Federal Court may make such other orders as the Federal Court considers appropriate in all the circumstances of the case.

         (2)   Without limiting subregulation (1), the orders may include injunctions (including interim injunctions), and any other orders, that the Federal Court thinks necessary to stop the conduct or remedy its effects.

         (3)   Orders may be made under this regulation whether or not orders are also made under regulation 169.

171         Who may apply for an order

Application by General Manager

         (1)   The General Manager, or a person authorised in writing by the General Manager under this subregulation to make the application, may apply for an order under this Part.

Intervention by organisation

         (2)   An organisation may intervene in an application for a pecuniary penalty order or an order under regulation 170 in relation to the organisation.

         (3)   The organisation is entitled to be heard on all matters other than whether the order should be made.

172         Civil proceedings after criminal proceedings

                The Federal Court must not make a pecuniary penalty order against a person or organisation for a contravention if the person has been convicted of an offence constituted by conduct that is substantially the same as the conduct constituting the contravention.

173         Criminal proceedings during civil proceedings

         (1)   Proceedings for a pecuniary penalty order against a person or organisation are stayed if:

                (a)    criminal proceedings are started or have already been started against the person or organisation for an offence; and

               (b)    the offence is constituted by conduct that is substantially the same as the conduct alleged to constitute the contravention.

         (2)   The proceedings for the order may be resumed if the person or organisation is not convicted of the offence.

         (3)   Otherwise, the proceedings for the order are dismissed.

174         Criminal proceedings after civil proceedings

                Criminal proceedings may be started against a person or organisation for conduct that is substantially the same as conduct constituting a contravention of a civil penalty provision regardless of whether an order under this Part has been made against the person or organisation.

175         Evidence given in proceedings for penalty not admissible in criminal proceedings

         (1)   Evidence of information given or evidence of production of documents by an individual is not admissible in criminal proceedings against the individual if:

                (a)    the individual previously gave the evidence or produced the documents in proceedings for a pecuniary penalty order against the individual for a contravention of a civil penalty provision (whether or not the order was made); and

               (b)    the conduct alleged to constitute the offence is substantially the same as the conduct that was claimed to constitute the contravention.

         (2)   However, this does not apply to a criminal proceeding in respect of the falsity of the evidence given by the individual in the proceedings for the pecuniary penalty order.

176         Relief from liability for contravention of civil penalty provision

         (1)   In this regulation:

eligible proceedings:

                (a)    means proceedings for a contravention of a civil penalty provision; and

               (b)    does not include proceedings for an offence.

         (2)   If:

                (a)    eligible proceedings are brought against a person or organisation; and

               (b)    in the proceedings it appears to the Federal Court that the person or organisation has, or may have, contravened a civil penalty provision but that:

                          (i)    the person or organisation has acted honestly; and

                         (ii)    having regard to all the circumstances of the case, the person or organisation ought fairly to be excused for the contravention;

the Federal Court may relieve the person or organisation either wholly or partly from a liability to which the person or organisation would otherwise be subject, or that might otherwise be imposed on the person or organisation, because of the contravention.

         (3)   If a person or organisation thinks that eligible proceedings will or may be begun against them, they may apply to the Federal Court for relief.

         (4)   On an application under subregulation (3), the Federal Court may grant relief under subregulation (2) as if the eligible proceedings had been begun in the Federal Court.


 

Part 10               Miscellaneous (Ch 11)

  

177          Authorisation to act in relation to applications or proceedings

                Where these Regulations or the Act provide that a person, organisation, branch, reporting unit, constituent part, company or committee of management may or must take any step in relation to any application or proceeding dealt with by the General Manager, the step may be taken as follows:

                (a)    by the person, or on behalf of the person by any other person who has the written authority of the person to take the step;

               (b)    on behalf of the organisation, branch, reporting unit or constituent part by a person authorised by the rules of the organisation, branch, reporting unit or constituent part to take the step;

                (c)    on behalf of a company that is not an organisation by an officer or person authorised under the seal of the company to represent it under the Act, or in the proceedings;

               (d)    on behalf of the committee of management by a person authorised by the committee to take the step.

178         Proceedings before General Manager

         (1)   In any proceedings before the General Manager, the General Manager may exempt a person from compliance with a procedural requirement under the Act or these Regulations if the General Manager is satisfied that there are special circumstances.

         (2)   An exemption under subregulation (1) may be granted:

                (a)    absolutely; or

               (b)    subject to conditions.

         (3)   Failure to comply with a procedural requirement for proceedings before the General Manager does not render the proceedings void but the proceedings may be:

                (a)    set aside, either wholly or in part, as irregular; or

               (b)    amended; or

                (c)    otherwise dealt with as and how the General Manager thinks fit.

179         Proceedings before FWA

         (1)   In any proceedings before FWA, FWA may exempt a person from compliance with a procedural requirement under the Act or these Regulations if FWA is satisfied there are special circumstances.

         (2)   An exemption under subregulation (1) may be granted:

                (a)    absolutely; or

               (b)    subject to conditions.

         (3)   Failure to comply with a procedural requirement for proceedings before FWA does not render the proceedings void but the proceedings may be:

                (a)    set aside, either wholly or in part, as irregular; or

               (b)    amended; or

                (c)    otherwise dealt with as and how FWA thinks fit.

180         Use of previous evidence

         (1)   Any evidence given in any proceedings (the earlier proceedings) in relation to a matter under the Act or these Regulations may be used in any subsequent proceedings before the General Manager (the subsequent proceedings) in relation to that matter:

                (a)    if the General Manager permits; and

               (b)    on any terms and conditions determined by the General Manager.

         (2)   However, a person who is a party to the subsequent proceedings may object to the use in the subsequent proceedings of any evidence given in the earlier proceedings if the person was not a party to the earlier proceedings.

         (3)   The General Manager, before giving a permission under subregulation (1), must have regard to any objection made under subregulation (2).

         (4)   If evidence has been given orally, this regulation does not authorise its use in the subsequent proceedings unless:

                (a)    a written record of the evidence is available for the use of the General Manager; and

               (b)    the General Manager is satisfied the written record is a true record of the evidence.

181         General powers of General Manager

         (1)   In any proceedings before the General Manager, the General Manager, on the application of a party or on the General Manager’s own motion, may:

                (a)    require a person, by summons served on the person, to appear before the General Manager:

                          (i)    to give evidence; and

                         (ii)    to produce such books, documents or things as are referred to in the summons for inspection by the General Manager or by such party as the General Manager determines; and

               (b)    take evidence on oath; and

                (c)    adjourn any matter or hearing; and

               (d)    amend or give leave to amend any application, notice or other document; and

                (e)    extend the time fixed by these Regulations for the lodging of any document or the doing of any act (whether that time has expired or not); and

                (f)    give directions to any party in relation to the service of documents and the manner of service of documents; and

               (g)    order any party to pay any other party such reasonable sum for costs as he or she thinks just.

         (2)   A person must not refuse or fail to comply with a summons served on him or her for the purposes of paragraph (1) (a).

Penalty:   5 penalty units.

         (3)   Strict liability applies in subregulation (2) to the physical element of failing to comply.

Note   For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

         (4)   It is a defence to a prosecution for an offence against subregulation (2) if the person had a reasonable excuse.

Note   A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter mentioned in subregulation (4) (see section 13.3 of the Criminal Code).

         (5)   If the General Manager exercises a power under subregulation (1) on the application of a party, the General Manager may make any order for payment of fees or costs relating to the exercise of the power as the General Manager thinks just.

181A       Delegation by General Manager to staff — prescribed class of employees

                For subsection 343A (3) of the Act, State or Territory Service Managers of FWA are prescribed as a class of employees.

Part 11               Consequential provisions

  

182         Information to be provided to members or General Manager (RAO Schedule, s 272 (1) (as modified by item 46 of Schedule 1 to the Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Registration and Accountability of Organisations) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2002))

         (1)   For subsection 272 (1) of the RAO Schedule (as modified by item 46 of Schedule 1 to the Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Registration and Accountability of Organisations) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2002), an application to an organisation must be:

                (a)    addressed to the secretary, or any other executive officer, of the organisation; and

               (b)    delivered by hand at, or sent by pre-paid post to, the office of the organisation.

         (2)   For subsection 272 (1) of the RAO Schedule (as modified by item 46 of Schedule 1 to the Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Registration and Accountability of Organisations) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2002), the following information in relation to an organisation, being information relating to the financial year of the organisation for which accounts and statements were last prepared in accordance
with subsection 273 (1) or 285 (5) of the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (as in force before the commencement of the RAO Schedule), is prescribed information in relation to the organisation:

                (a)    for a compulsory levy raised by the organisation, other than a levy for which the organisation has, during the financial year, operated a special fund or account:

                          (i)    the purpose for which the levy was raised; and

                         (ii)    the total amount received by the organisation;

               (b)    for a collection by the organisation of voluntary contributions made by the members for the furtherance of a particular purpose, other than voluntary contributions for which the organisation has, during the financial year, operated a special fund or account:

                          (i)    the purpose for which the contributions were collected; and

                         (ii)    the total amount received by the organisation as voluntary contributions for the furtherance of that purpose;

                (c)    for a donation or grant of more than $1 000 made to the organisation:

                          (i)    if the donation or grant was made for a specified purpose — that purpose; and

                         (ii)    the amount of the donation or grant;

               (d)    for a compulsory levy imposed on the organisation:

                          (i)    the purpose for which the levy was imposed; and

                         (ii)    the total amount paid by the organisation;

                (e)    for a donation or grant of more than $1 000 made by the organisation:

                          (i)    the purpose for which the donation or grant was made; and

                         (ii)    the amount of the donation or grant; and

                        (iii)    if the donation or grant is not a prescribed donation or grant — the name and address of the person to whom the donation or grant was made;

                (f)    for an amount of more than $1 000 received or paid by the organisation (other than an amount included in an amount mentioned in a subparagraph of paragraph 107 (a) of the Workplace Relations Regulations 1996 (as in force before the commencement of the RAO Schedule) in relation to the organisation):

                          (i)    the purpose for which the amount was received or paid by the organisation; and

                         (ii)    the amount received or paid by the organisation; and

                        (iii)    the name and address of the person from whom the amount was received or to whom the amount was paid;

               (g)    the amount paid as remuneration to the holder of an office in the organisation;

               (h)    for a sale or revaluation of an asset of the organisation that has resulted in a profit or loss of more than $1 000:

                          (i)    a description of the asset sold or revalued; and

                         (ii)    for a revaluation of an asset — the reason for which the asset was revalued; and

                        (iii)    the amount of the profit made or the loss incurred;

                (i)    for a loan of more than $1 000 made by the organisation:

                          (i)    the purpose for which the loan was made; and

                         (ii)    the amount of the loan; and

                        (iii)    the security given for the loan; and

                        (iv)    if the loan is not a prescribed loan — the name and address of the person to whom the loan was made and the arrangements made for the repayment of the loan;

                (j)    the total amount paid by the organisation for investments (other than investments in Government, municipal or other public debentures, stock or bonds) made by the organisation during the financial year;

               (k)    for an investment (other than an investment in Government, municipal or other public debentures, stock or bonds) held by the organisation at the end of the financial year, being an investment the book value of which, as at the end of that financial year, is more than the greater of $1 000 and 20% of the total book value of all such investments held by the organisation at the end of that financial year:

                          (i)    a description of the investment; and

                         (ii)    the book value of the investment as at the end of the financial year; and

                        (iii)    if applicable, the quoted market value of the investment as at the end of the financial year;

                (l)    for an asset (other than an asset included in a class of assets mentioned in a subparagraph of paragraph 107 (b) of the Workplace Relations Regulations 1996 (as in force before the commencement of the RAO Schedule)) held by the organisation at the end of the financial year, the book value of which, as at the end of the financial year, is more than the greater of $1 000 and 5% of the total book value of all the assets held by the organisation at the end of the financial year:

                          (i)    a description of the asset; and

                         (ii)    the book value of the asset as at the end of the financial year;

              (m)    for a loan of more than $10 000 received by the organisation:

                          (i)    the purpose for which the loan was received; and

                         (ii)    the amount of the loan; and

                        (iii)    the name and address of the person from whom the loan was received; and

                        (iv)    the security given for the loan; and

                         (v)    the arrangements made for the repayment of the loan;

               (n)    for an amount held by the organisation as provision for one of the following purposes:

                          (i)    the payment of annual leave entitlements to its officers and employees;

                         (ii)    the payment of long service leave entitlements to its officers and employees;

                        (iii)    the payment of superannuation or retirement benefits to its officers and employees;

                        the number of officers and employees for whom the amount so held provides;

               (o)    for a contingent liability of the organisation as at the end of the financial year, being a contingent liability the amount of which has been ascertained and is more than 5% of the net value of the assets of the organisation as at the end of the financial year:

                          (i)    a description of the liability; and

                         (ii)    the amount for which the organisation is liable;

               (p)    for a liability of the organisation (other than a liability included in a class of liabilities mentioned in a subparagraph of paragraph 107 (b) of the Workplace Relations Regulations 1996 (as in force before the commencement of the RAO Schedule)) outstanding at the end of the financial year involving an amount of more than 5% of the total amount of the other liabilities of the organisation as at the end of the financial year:

                          (i)    a description of the liability; and

                         (ii)    the amount for which the organisation is liable;

               (q)    for a fund or account operated by the organisation for a compulsory levy raised by the organisation or for voluntary contributions collected from the members of the organisation:

                          (i)    the purpose for which the levy was raised or the voluntary contributions collected; and

                         (ii)    if applicable, the amount of the balance of the fund or account at the commencement of the financial year; and

                        (iii)    whether any amounts were transferred to the fund or account from any other fund or account operated by the organisation and, if any amounts were so transferred, a description of each fund or account from which amounts were so transferred and the amount transferred from each fund or account; and

                        (iv)    the total amount paid by the members of the organisation for the levy or as voluntary contributions; and

                         (v)    the total amount of payments made out of the fund or account in furtherance of the purpose for which the levy was raised or the voluntary contributions collected; and

                        (vi)    whether any payment was made out of the fund or account in furtherance of a purpose other than the purpose for which the levy was raised or the voluntary contributions collected and, if any payment was so made, the amount of each payment and the purpose for which it was made; and

                       (vii)    whether any amounts were transferred from the fund or account to any other fund or account operated by the organisation and, if any amounts were so transferred, a description of each fund or account to which the amounts were transferred and the amount transferred to each fund or account; and

                      (viii)    in respect of:

                                   (A)     each payment details of which are given in accordance with subparagraph (vi); and

                                   (B)     each transfer details of which are given in accordance with subparagraph (vii);

                                 the designation within the organisation of the person who approved the payment or transfer and the date on which the approval was given; and

                        (ix)    the amount of the balance of the fund or account at the end of the financial year or, for a fund or account that the organisation ceased to operate before the end of the financial year, the amount of the closing balance and, if any part of that balance or closing balance has been invested in any assets, the amount so invested and a description of those assets;

                (r)    for a fund (other than the general fund or a fund mentioned in paragraph (q)) the operation of which is required by the rules of the organisation:

                          (i)    the purpose for which the fund was operated; and

                         (ii)    if applicable, the amount of the balance of the fund at the beginning of the financial year; and

                        (iii)    whether any amounts were transferred to the fund from any other fund or any account operated by the organisation and, if any amounts were so transferred, a description of each fund or account from which amounts were so transferred and the amount transferred from each fund or account; and

                        (iv)    the total of the amounts, other than amounts mentioned in subparagraph (iii), paid into the fund; and

                         (v)    the total amount of payments made out of the fund in furtherance of the purpose for which the fund was operated; and

                        (vi)    whether any payment was made out of the fund in furtherance of a purpose other than the purpose for which the fund was operated and, if any payment was so made, the amount of each payment and the purpose for which it was made; and

                       (vii)    whether any amounts were transferred from the fund to any other fund or any account operated by the organisation and, if any amounts were so transferred, a description of each fund or account to which the amounts were transferred and the amount transferred to each fund or account; and

                      (viii)    in respect of:

                                   (A)     each payment details of which are given in accordance with subparagraph (vi); and

                                   (B)     each transfer details of which are given in accordance with subparagraph (vii);

                                 the designation within the organisation of the person who approved the payment or transfer and the date on which the approval was given; and

                        (ix)    the amount of the balance of the fund at the end of the financial year or, for a fund that the organisation ceased to operate before the end of the financial year, the amount of the closing balance and, if any part of that balance or closing balance has been invested in any assets, the amount so invested and a description of those assets; and

                         (x)    the amount paid for payroll deduction services provided by the employer of the member:

                                   (A)     who made an application under subsection 272 (1) of the RAO Schedule (as modified by item 46 of Schedule 1 to the Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Registration and Accountability of Organisations) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2002); or

                                   (B)     on whose behalf the application was made.

         (3)   In subregulation (2):

                (a)    a reference to a person includes a reference to any body whether corporate or unincorporated; and

               (b)    a reference to a prescribed donation or grant, or to a prescribed loan, is a reference to a donation or grant made, or a loan granted, by an organisation to a member of the organisation on the certification of the officer of the organisation authorising the donation, grant or loan that the officer was satisfied, from investigations made by the officer, that the donation, grant or loan was necessary to relieve the member or a dependant of the member from severe financial hardship.

         (4)   For paragraph (2) (f), a member must:

                (a)    specify the nature of any transaction for which the amount was received or paid; and

               (b)    provide any other information the member has to assist the organisation to identify in its financial records the information applied for under subsection 272 (1) of the RAO Schedule (as modified by item 46 of Schedule 1 to the Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Registration and Accountability of Organisations) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2002).

         (5)   Any information that must be made available to a member of an organisation, or to the General Manager, under subsection 272 (3) of the RAO Schedule (as modified by item 46 of Schedule 1 to the Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Registration and Accountability of Organisations) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2002):

                (a)    must be in writing signed by the secretary, or any other executive officer, of the organisation; and

               (b)    must:

                          (i)    if the application was made by the General Manager — be delivered by hand at, or sent by prepaid post to, the office of the General Manager; or

                         (ii)    if the application was made by a member of the organisation and specifies an address for the member — be sent by prepaid post to that address; or

                        (iii)    in any other case — be left for collection at the office of the organisation.

         (6)   In this regulation a reference to the RAO Schedule is a reference to Schedule 1 to the former Workplace Relations Act 1996.


Schedule 1        Transitionally recognised associations

Note   This Schedule is made for Schedule 1 to the Act.

Part 1          Representation rights of transitionally recognised associations of employees

Division 1       Orders about representation rights of transitionally recognised associations of employees — no prior order for State‑registered association

1.1           Order

         (1)   For subclause 4 (1) of Schedule 1 to the Act, this clause applies if:

                (a)    an organisation, a transitionally recognised association of employees, an employer or the Minister applies to FWA to make any of the following orders in relation to a demarcation dispute:

                          (i)    an order that a transitionally recognised association of employees is to have the right, to the exclusion of 1 or more other associations or organisations, to represent, under the Act or the Fair Work Act, the industrial interests of a particular class or group of employees who are eligible for membership of the association;

                         (ii)    an order that a transitionally recognised association of employees that does not have the right to represent, under the Act or the Fair Work Act, the industrial interests of a particular class or group of employees is to have that right;

                        (iii)    an order that a transitionally recognised association of employees is not to have the right to represent, under the Act or the Fair Work Act, the industrial interests of a particular class or group of employees who are eligible for membership of the association; and

               (b)    immediately before the reform commencement:

                          (i)    the transitionally recognised association mentioned in subparagraph (a) (i), (ii) or (iii) was a State‑registered association; and

                         (ii)    there was no order of a similar kind in force in relation to the State-registered association immediately before the reform commencement.

Note 1   If an order of a similar kind was in force immediately before the reform commencement, see Division 3.

Note 2   State-registered association has the meaning given by subitem 1 (1) of Schedule 1 to the Act.

         (2)   FWA may make the order.

         (3)   FWA must not make an order unless it is satisfied that:

                (a)    the conduct, or threatened conduct, of:

                          (i)    a transitionally recognised association or organisation to which the order would relate; or

                         (ii)    an officer, member or employee of the transitionally recognised association or organisation:

                        is preventing, obstructing or restricting the performance of work; or

               (b)    the conduct, or threatened conduct, of:

                          (i)    a transitionally recognised association or organisation to which the order would relate; or

                         (ii)    an officer, member or employee of the transitionally recognised association or organisation:

                        is harming the business of an employer; or

                (c)    the consequences mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b) have ceased, but are likely to recur as a result of the conduct, or threatened conduct, of the association, organisation or person; or

               (d)    the consequences mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b) are imminent as a result of conduct, or threatened conduct, of the association, organisation or person.

         (4)   In considering whether to make an order under subclause (2), FWA must have regard to the wishes of the employees who are affected by the dispute and, where it considers it appropriate, FWA is also to have regard to:

                (a)    the effect of any order on the operations (including operating costs, work practices, efficiency and productivity) of an employer who is a party to the dispute or who is a member of a transitionally recognised association or organisation that is a party to the dispute; and

               (b)    any agreement or understanding of which FWA becomes aware that deals with the right of a transitionally recognised association or organisation to represent under the Act or the Fair Work Act the industrial interests of a particular class or group of employees; and

                (c)    the consequences of not making an order for any employer, employees, transitionally recognised association or organisation involved in the dispute; and

               (d)    any other order made by FWA, in relation to another demarcation dispute involving the transitionally recognised association or organisation to which the order under subclause (2) would relate, that FWA considers to be relevant.

         (5)   The powers of FWA under this Division are exercisable only by a Full Bench.

1.2           Variation of order

                FWA may, on application by the Minister, an organisation, a transitionally recognised association of employees or an employer, vary an order made under subclause 1.1 (2).

1.3           Organisations and transitionally recognised association must comply with order

         (1)   An organisation or a transitionally recognised association to which the order applies must comply with the order.

         (2)   The Federal Court may, on application by the Minister or a person, organisation or transitionally recognised association affected by an order, make such orders as it thinks fit to ensure compliance with that order.

Division 2       Orders about representation rights of transitionally recognised associations of employees — prior order about State‑registered association

1.4           Order

         (1)   For subclause 4 (1) of Schedule 1 to the Act, this clause applies if:

                (a)    an organisation, transitionally recognised association, an employer or the Minister applies to FWA to make any of the following orders:

                          (i)    an order that a transitionally recognised association of employees is to have the right, to the exclusion of 1 or more other associations or organisations, to represent, under the Act or the Fair Work Act, the industrial interests of a particular class or group of employees who are eligible for membership of the association;

                         (ii)    an order that a transitionally recognised association of employees that does not have the right to represent, under the Act or the Fair Work Act, the industrial interests of a particular class or group of employees is to have that right;

                        (iii)    an order that a transitionally recognised association of employees is not to have the right to represent, under the Act or the Fair Work Act, the industrial interests of a particular class or group of employees who are eligible for membership of the association; and

               (b)    immediately before the reform commencement:

                          (i)    the transitionally recognised association mentioned in subparagraph (a) (i), (ii) or (iii) was a State‑registered association; and

                         (ii)    there was an order of a similar kind in force in relation to the State‑registered association.

Note 1  If no order of a similar kind was in force immediately before the reform commencement, see Division 1.

Note 2  State‑registered association has the meaning given by subitem 1 (1) of Schedule 1 to the Act.

         (2)   FWA must make an order to the same effect as the order mentioned in subparagraph (1) (b) (ii).

         (3)   FWA may, on application by the Minister, an organisation, a transitionally recognised association of employees or an employer, vary an order made under subregulation (2).

1.5           Order may be subject to limits or alterations

         (1)   The order may be subject to conditions or limitations.

         (2)   The order:

                (a)    may be made with changes from the text of the order mentioned in subparagraph 1.4 (1) (b) (ii) that FWA considers necessary to reflect the language and content of the Act and the Fair Work Act; but

               (b)    must be the same in substance as the order mentioned in subparagraph 1.4 (1) (b) (ii).

1.6           Organisations and transitionally recognised association must comply with order

         (1)   An organisation and a transitionally recognised association to which the order applies must comply with the order.

         (2)   The Federal Court may, on application by the Minister or a person, organisation or transitionally recognised association affected by an order, make such orders as it thinks fit to ensure compliance with that order.

Division 3       Proceedings about representation rights in State or Territory immediately before reform commencement

1.7           Representation rights — evidence in prior proceedings

         (1)   For subclause 4 (1) of Schedule 1 to the Act, this regulation applies to a transitionally recognised association if:

                (a)    immediately before the reform commencement:

                          (i)    it was a State‑registered association that was party to proceedings about representation rights under a State or Territory industrial law; and

                         (ii)    no order about the representation rights of it and the other parties to the proceedings had been made by the court or tribunal hearing the proceedings; and

               (b)    the transitionally recognised association is involved in proceedings before FWA about the dispute which gave rise to the proceedings mentioned at (a) (i).

         (2)   FWA must have regard to any evidence that was given in the proceedings mentioned at subparagraph (a) (i).

Note 1   FWA may treat the evidence which was before the State tribunal as being before FWA.

Note 2   State‑registered association has the meaning given by subitem 1 (1) of Schedule 1 to the Act.

Part 2          Cancellation of transitional recognition

1.8           Form of application to FWA for cancellation of recognition of transitionally recognised association

                For paragraph 5 (5) (a) of Schedule 1 to the Act, an application to FWA by a transitionally recognised association to cancel its recognition under that Schedule must:

                (a)    be in writing; and

               (b)    state the grounds on which the application is made; and

                (c)    be made by an officer of the association who is authorised to make the application.

1.9           Cancellation of transitional recognition by FWA — recognition by mistake

                For subparagraph 5 (5) (b) (i) of Schedule 1 to the Act, FWA will be satisfied that a transitionally recognised association was recognised by mistake if, after giving the association an opportunity to be heard, it considers that the association did not satisfy subclause 2 (1) of that Schedule when it was granted transitional recognition.

1.10        Cancellation of transitional recognition by FWA — association no longer State‑registered association

                For subparagraph 5 (5) (b) (ii) of Schedule 1 to the Act, FWA will be satisfied that a transitionally recognised association is no longer a State‑registered association if, after giving the association an opportunity to be heard, it considers that the association is no longer a body that is:

                (a)    an industrial organisation for the purposes of the Industrial Relations Act 1996 of New South Wales; or

               (b)    an organisation for the purposes of Chapter 12 of the Industrial Relations Act 1999 of Queensland; or

                (c)    an association or organisation for the purposes of the Industrial Relations Act 1979 of Western Australia; or

               (d)    a registered association for the purposes of the Fair Work Act 1994 of South Australia; or

                (e)    an organisation for the purposes of the Industrial Relations Act 1984 of Tasmania.

Note   State‑registered association has the meaning given by subitem 1 (1) of Schedule 1 to the Act.

Part 3          Modification of the Act for transitionally recognised associations

1.11        Application of Part

                For clause 7 of Schedule 1 to the Act, this Part explains how section 19 of the Act applies to a transitionally recognised association.

1.12        Provisions not to apply

                The following provisions of section 19 of the Act are taken not to apply to the association:

                (a)    paragraph 19 (1) (j);

               (b)    subsection 19 (2);

                (c)    subsection 19 (3).

1.13        Other criteria for recognition of transitionally recognised association — coverage rules

                Section 19 (other than the provisions mentioned in clause 1.12) of the Act applies to the association as if the section required FWA to refuse to grant an application for recognition made by the association, unless the rules of the association state that the association is eligible to represent members only within the State in which it had been registered as a State‑registered association immediately before its recognition as a transitionally recognised association.

Note   State‑registered association has the meaning given by subitem 1 (1) of Schedule 1 to the Act.

1.14        Change of rules not to prevent recognition

                Section 19 (other than the provisions mentioned in clause 1.12) of the Act applies to the association as if the section provided that FWA is not prevented from granting an application for recognition made by a transitionally recognised association only because the association amended its rules after its recognition as a transitionally recognised association.

Schedule 2        Recognised State-registered associations

Note   This Schedule is made for Schedule 2 to the Act.

  

2.1           Form of application to FWA for cancellation of recognition of State-registered association

                For paragraph 3 (3) (a) of Schedule 2 to the Act, an application to FWA by a recognised State-registered association to cancel its recognition under that Schedule must:

                (a)    be in writing; and

               (b)    state the grounds on which the application is made; and

                (c)    be made by an officer of the association who is authorised to make the application.

Note   State‑registered association has the meaning given by subitem 1 (1) of Schedule 1 to the Act.

2.2           Cancellation of recognition by FWA — State-registered association recognised by mistake

                For subparagraph 3 (3) (b) (i) of Schedule 2 to the Act, FWA will be satisfied that a recognised State-registered association was recognised by mistake if, after giving the association an opportunity to be heard, FWA considers that the association did not satisfy subclause 1 (1) of that Schedule at the time at which it was granted recognition.

Note   State‑registered association has the meaning given by subitem 1 (1) of Schedule 1 to the Act.

2.3           Cancellation of recognition by FWA — recognised State‑registered association no longer State-registered association

                For subparagraph 3 (3) (b) (ii) of Schedule 2 to the Act, FWA will be satisfied that a recognised State-registered association is no longer a State‑registered association if, after giving the association an opportunity to be heard, it considers that the association is no longer a body that is:

                (a)    an industrial organisation for the purposes of the Industrial Relations Act 1996 of New South Wales; or

               (b)    an organisation for the purposes of Chapter 12 of the Industrial Relations Act 1999 of Queensland; or

                (c)    an association or organisation for the purposes of the Industrial Relations Act 1979 of Western Australia; or

               (d)    a registered association for the purposes of the Fair Work Act 1994 of South Australia; or

                (e)    an organisation for the purposes of the Industrial Relations Act 1984 of Tasmania.

Note   State‑registered association has the meaning given by subitem 1 (1) of Schedule 1 to the Act.

2.4           Cancellation of recognition by FWA — recognised State-registered association contravened State or Territory industrial law

                For subparagraph 3 (3) (b) (iii) of Schedule 2 to the Act, FWA will be satisfied that a recognised State-registered association has been found by another industrial body to have contravened a State or Territory industrial law and that the contravention constitutes serious misconduct, if:

                (a)    FWA considers that the association has contravened a State or Territory law; and

               (b)    FWA considers that the contravention constitutes serious misconduct; and

                (c)    FWA does not consider it to be unjust to cancel the recognition of the association, having regard to:

                          (i)    the gravity of the matters constituting the contravention; and

                         (ii)    the action that has been taken by, or against the association in relation to the matters.

Note   State‑registered association has the meaning given by subitem 1 (1) of Schedule 1 to the Act.

Schedule 3        Forms

Form 1        Certificate of registration

(regulation 30)

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009, subsection 26 (4)

 

CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION OF AN ASSOCIATION AS AN ORGANISATION

 

I,                                                                               , the General Manager, under subsection 26 (4) of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009, certify that on (insert date of registration) an association of *employers/ *employees called (insert name of association) was registered as an organisation under subsection 26 (1) of the Act.

 

The eligibility rules of the association are as follows:

     ·   (insert relevant rules)

 

Dated                                20    .

 

..........................................

General Manager

*Omit if inapplicable.

Form 2        Application for ballot under Part 3 of Chapter 3

(paragraph 82 (a))

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009, subsection 94 (4)

APPLICATION FOR BALLOT UNDER PART 3 OF CHAPTER 3

 

TO:  THE FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA

 

I/We, (full name(s) of applicant(s)), the applicants listed in the schedule to this application*, being the prescribed number of constituent members/the committee of management of the constituent members*:

 

(a)    apply for a ballot to be held to decide whether (name of constituent part of amalgamated organisation) should withdraw from (name of amalgamated organisation); and

(b)    nominate (name), of (address) as the representative constituent member for the purposes of the ballot.

 

*Omit if inapplicable.

 

PARTICULARS

1.     The date of amalgamation.

2.     A statement that neither of the events in subsection 94 (2) of the the Act has occurred.

3.     Each question proposed to be put to the ballot.

4.     Any other information that the applicant wishes the Court to have regard to.

Note   Section 95 of the the Act requires that this application must be accompanied by a fair and accurate written outline of the proposal to withdraw from the amalgamation.

 

Dated                                20    .

................................................

Signature of applicant(s)

SCHEDULE

Applicant(s):


 

Form 3        Ballot paper under Part 3 of Chapter 3

(subregulation 92 (1))

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009, section 102

 

BALLOT OF MEMBERS OF

(Name of organisation)

 

BALLOT PAPER IN RESPECT OF PROPOSED WITHDRAWAL FROM AMALGAMATION

 

CLOSING DATE OF BALLOT:  (Date)

 

(Initials, or facsimile of initials, of the person conducting the ballot)

 

Directions to Voter

 

1.     Record your vote on the ballot paper as follows:

·    if you approve the withdrawal from amalgamation referred to in the question set out below, write ‘YES’ in the space provided opposite the question;

·    if you do not approve the withdrawal from amalgamation referred to in the question set out below, write ‘NO’ in the space provide opposite the question.

 

2.     Do not place on this paper any mark or writing by which you may be identified.

 

QUESTION FOR VOTERS:

DO YOU APPROVE THE PROPOSED WITHDRAWAL OF (name of constituent part of organisation whose members are voting) FROM AMALGAMATION WITH (name of amalgamated organisation from which withdrawal is proposed) AND ITS REGISTRATION
AS A SEPARATE ORGANISATION UNDER THE FAIR WORK (REGISTERED ORGANISATIONS)
ACT 2009
?

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Form 4        Application for determination of day of withdrawal from amalgamation

(subregulation 107 (5))

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009, subsection 109 (5)

 

APPLICATION FOR DETERMINATION OF DAY OF WITHDRAWAL FROM AMALGAMATION

 

TO: THE FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA

 

I/We, (full name(s) of applicant(s)), the applicants listed in the schedule to this application*, being a person/constituent member/member of a committee of management* authorised to make the application by* the prescribed number of constituent members/the committee of management/elected entirely or substantially by the constituent members* of (name of constituent part of amalgamated organisation), apply for:

 

(a)    a determination of the day on which the withdrawal of (name of constituent part of amalgamated organisation) from (name of amalgamated organisation) is to take effect;

(b)    orders to apportion the assets and liabilities of (name of amalgamated organisation) between (name of amalgamated organisation) and (name of constituent part of amalgamated organisation);*

(c)    other orders in connection with giving effect to the withdrawal*.

 

*Omit if inapplicable.

 

INFORMATION

1.     A statement that more than 50% of the formal votes cast in a ballot are in favour of the constituent part withdrawing from the amalgamation.

2.     Details of the assets and liabilities of the constituent part before it, or the organisation of which it was a State or Territory branch, was de-registered in connection with the formation of the amalgamated organisation.

3.     Details of any change in the net value of those assets and liabilities since the amalgamation.

4.     Details of the creditors of the amalgamated organisation and the nature of their interest.

5.     Other information to which the applicant wishes the Court to have regard.

 

Dated                                20    .

 

................................................

Signature of applicant(s)

 

SCHEDULE

Applicant(s):


 

Form 5        Agreement between organisation and State union

(regulation 117)

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009, subsection 151 (1)

 

AGREEMENT BETWEEN ORGANISATION AND STATE REGISTERED UNION

 

(Insert name of organisation) (the Organisation) and (insert name of State union) (the Union) agree that the members of the Union who, under the eligibility rules of the Organisation, are not eligible to be members of the Organisation are *[, subject to the provisions set out in the Schedule,] eligible to become members of the Organisation.

 

*[SCHEDULE]

 

 

 

Dated                                20    .

 

 

 

Signed on behalf of the                              Signed on behalf of the

Organisation by                                          Union by

 

(Signature, name and title of                      (Signature, name and title of

office, of person(s) signing)                       office, of person(s) signing)

 

in the presence of                                      in the presence of

 

.....................................................             .....................................................

 

*Omit words within brackets if unnecessary.


 

Form 6        Agreement between organisation and State union

(regulation 118)

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009, subsection 152 (2)

 

ASSETS AND LIABILITIES AGREEMENT BETWEEN ORGANISATION AND STATE-REGISTERED UNION

 

(Insert name of organisation), in this agreement called ‘the Organisation’, and (insert name of State union), in this agreement called ‘the Union’, agree to the following arrangements for the management and control of the assets and liabilities of the Organisation and the Union:

(Set out details of agreement)

Dated                                      20   .

 

 

 

Signed on behalf of the                              Signed on behalf of the

Organisation by:                                         Union by:

 

(Signature, name and title of                      (Signature, name and title of

office of person(s) signing)                        office of person(s) signing)

 

in the presence of                                      in the presence of

 

.....................................................             .....................................................


 

Form 7        Certificate of conscientious objection to membership of association

(subregulation 128 (2))

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009, subsection 180 (1)

 

CERTIFICATE OF CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION TO MEMBERSHIP OF ASSOCIATION

 

I,                                                                                                      , *the/*a General Manager or delegate to the General Manager, under subsection 180 (1) of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009, certify that:

 

(a)    on application made by (name of applicant) of (address of applicant), I am satisfied that *his/*her conscientious beliefs do not allow *him/*her to be a member of an association of a kind described in paragraph *18 (1) (a)/ *18 (1) (b)/ *18 (1) (c) of the Act; and

(b)    (name of applicant) has paid the prescribed fee.

 

This certificate, unless sooner revoked, remains in force for a period of                           from the date of this certificate.

 

Dated                                20    .

..............................................

* General Manager or delegate

to the General Manager

*Omit if inapplicable.


 

Form 8        Identity card — designated FWA official

(regulation 144)

 

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009, paragraph 203 (2) (a)

 

IDENTITY CARD —  DESIGNATED FWA OFFICIAL

 

I, *the  General Manager /*delegate of the General Manager, acting under subsection 203 (1) of Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009, certify that

 

whose photograph and signature appear on this card is a designated FWA official for the purposes of the Act.

 

 

..................................................

(Signature of designated FWA official)

 

 

Dated                                20    .

 

 

..................................................

*General Manager

*Delegate of General Manager

 

*Omit if inapplicable.

 


Notes to the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Regulations 2009

Note 1

The Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Regulations 2009 (in force under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009) as shown in this compilation is amended as indicated in the Tables below.

Table of Instruments

Year and
number

Date of notification
in Gazette or FRLI registration

Date of
commencement

Application, saving or
transitional provisions

2003 No. 82

8 May 2003

12 May 2003

 

2003 No. 351

23 Dec 2003

23 Dec 2003

2006 No. 51

17 Mar 2006 (see F2006L00834)

27 Mar 2006 (see r. 2)

2007 No. 307 (a)

26 Sept 2007 (see F2007L03832)

27 Sept 2007

2009 No. 168

30 June 2009 (see F2009L02569)

1 July 2009

(a)    The Workplace Relations (Registration and Accountability of Organisations) Amendment Regulations 2007 (No. 1) (SLI 2007 No. 307) was disallowed by the House of Representatives on 12 March 2008.

 

Table of Amendments

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Note 2

Regulations 69 (1) and (4), 133 (1), 135 (1), 120 (2) and 32 (3) — Schedule 1 [items 32, 35 and 37] of the Workplace Relations (Registration and Accountability of Organisations) Amendment Regulations 2009 (No. 1) (2009 No. 168) provides as follows:

[32]         Further amendments — references to the RAO Schedule

Provision

omit each mention of

insert

Paragraph 69 (1) (c)

the RAO Schedule

 

Paragraph 69 (1) (i)

the RAO Schedule

 

Paragraph 69 (4)

the RAO Schedule

 

Subregulation133 (1)

the RAO Schedule,

the Act,

Subregulation135 (1)

the RAO Schedule,

the Act

[35]         Further amendments — references to the Commission, Industrial Registry and Registry

Provision

omit each mention of

insert

Paragraph 120 (2) (a)

in the Industrial Registry

with FWA

[37]         Further amendments — references to the Industrial Registrar or Registrar

Provision

omit each mention of

insert

Paragraph 32 (3) (b)

the Registrar

the General Manager

 

The proposed amendments were misdescribed and are not incorporated in this compilation.