Submissions on Issues Papers close July 11

3 July 2014

Public submissions on three issues papers relating to trade union governance and corruption will close on Friday, 11 July 2014.

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

Submissions are currently being sought on three significant topics relating to the Royal Commission's inquiry. They are:

  1. Whistleblowers: what processes exist for whistleblowers wishing to report problems, and how these operate in practice; how effective and accessible these processes are; and the adequacy of current protections for trade union whistleblowers
  2. The duties of trade union officials and governance arrangements for trade unions and their officials: to what extent are they adequate and effective?
  3. Practices relating to the funding of trade union elections and the adequacy of their regulation: to what extent are campaign and election processes transparent? Should there be a cap on expenditure?

The CEO of the Office of the Royal Commission, Jane Fitzgerald, encouraged interested parties to make a submission about matters raised in the issues papers to help inform the Commission's inquiry.

"Submissions close next Friday so there is still time to have your say," Ms Fitzgerald said.

"The public consultation process is aimed at ensuring the Royal Commission has access to a diversity of views from the community and professional organisations with an interest in the Terms of Reference."

Submissions should be made by Friday, 11 July 2014, preferably electronically, to or, in writing, to GPO Box 2477, Sydney NSW 2001. The papers are available online at