Registered Organisations Commissioner


Applications are being sought for a suitably qualified person for appointment as the Registered Organisations Commissioner, to lead the Registered Organisations Commission (the Commission).

The establishment of the Commission in early 2017 as the dedicated and independent regulator of registered organisations in Australia is a key priority of the Government.

The principal role of the Registered Organisations Commissioner is to regulate Australia’s federally-registered organisations to ensure higher standards of compliance with the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (the Act) are monitored and enforced.

The Commissioner will be responsible for managing the staff and budget of the Commission, and managing a range of functions under the Act including:
• conducting inquiries and investigations into potential breaches of the Act,
• enforcing the Act and cooperating with law enforcement bodies,
• overseeing registered organisations’ internal elections,
• educating registered organisations about their new and existing obligations and providing information to members of registered organisations about their rights, and
• receiving complaints from members of registered organisations.

Staff assisting the Registered Organisations Commissioner will be engaged by the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman under the Public Service Act 1999 and made available to assist the Registered Organisations Commissioner. Staff will be subject to the directions of the Commissioner and will not be subject to the directions of the Fair Work Ombudsman.

To be a strong contender for the role you must have a high level of judgement, experience or capacity to manage the administration of an independent regulatory body, professional and personal integrity and a sound understanding of current issues in workplace relations in Australia.


The successful candidate will be required to obtain and/or maintain an appropriate security clearance. Candidates must be Australian citizens. 


Selection documentation can be obtained by emailing quoting Ref. No.3283 or by clicking here.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Jonathan Beaumont on (02) 6126 4500 or 0408 017 290. Applications close at 5.00pm AEST on Tuesday 17 January 2017.

Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified task

The position is a statutory appointment. The appointment is made by the Minister for Employment. The proposed term of appointment is up to five years. Remuneration is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. The position is full time and will be located in Melbourne.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see:

About Department of Employment 

The Department of Employment offers career opportunities in a department that brings together people, policies and programmes to support the Australian Government’s initiatives on many important aspects of Australian life.

The department is committed to reconciliation and supports workplace diversity. It values the contributions of people with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

Applications are welcome from Indigenous Australians, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, mature-age people and people with disability.