Submissions sought on new Issues Paper

23 July 2014

The Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption today released a fourth issues paper to assist with its current inquiry.

Under the Terms of Reference, the Commission is investigating a range of matters connected to the governance, financial management and operation of trade unions and associated relevant entities.

Relevant entities can comprise many different types of bodies, from simple bank accounts to organisations with their own structures and staff. This issues paper seeks information from the community and organisations on entities and their conduct, for example:

  • Why and for what purposes are relevant entities formed? What are their legitimate uses?
  • What internal controls do trade unions have in place regarding relevant entities?
  • What governance and disclosure provisions apply to trade unions and union officials regarding relevant entities? Are these provisions adequate?

The Royal Commission has now released four issues papers for public comment. Each covers a significant topic and will inform the Royal Commission's inquiry process.

“Submissions on the first three papers, covering the duties of trade union officials, whistleblower protections and the funding of trade union elections have formally closed, although late submissions are still being accepted,” said CEO of the Office of the Royal Commission, Jane Fitzgerald.

The Royal Commission is seeking to gain a better understanding of the various forms of relevant entities and their relationships to trade unions and union officials.

“All interested parties are invited to comment on the latest issues paper,” she said.

The consultation strategy and public submission process aims to ensure the Royal Commission has access to the full range of views on issues relating to its inquiry.

The issues paper on relevant entities will be sent to a range of organisations and individuals with an interest in the current inquiry and is available online at

Submissions should be made by Wednesday, 20 August 2014, preferably electronically, to or, in writing, to GPO Box 2477, Sydney NSW 2001.