Protected Disclosures/Whistleblowers

Council does not tolerate improper conduct by its employees, nor punishment against those who come forward to disclose such conduct.

Council supports the Protected Disclosures Act 2012, which protects anyone reporting about council employees, councillors, members of “Special Committees of Council” and council volunteers.

The procedures associated establish a system for reporting disclosures of improper conduct or detrimental action by the Council or its employees. The system enables such disclosures to be made by council employees or by members of the public to a protected disclosure coordinator. Disclosures may be made by individuals who wish to remain anonymous; they may be made verbally or in writing.

In all cases, a disclosure made under the Protected Disclosures Act 2012 will be managed as per the requirements of the Act and Council’s Protected Disclosures procedures.

Council is committed to transparency and accountability in its administrative and management practices, and supports the making of disclosures that reveal:

  • corrupt conduct
  • conduct involving substantial mismanagement of Council resources;
  • conduct involving a substantial risk to public health and safety or
  • conduct involving a substantial risk to the environment

Council will take all reasonable steps to protect people who make such disclosures from any detrimental action in reprisal for making the disclosure. It will also afford natural justice to any employee who is the subject of the disclosure.

Protected Disclosures - Management Policy & Procedure(PDF, 4MB)

Protected Disclosures - Application Form(PDF, 246KB)

Additional Resources

Independent Broad Based Anti-Corruption Commission http://www.ibac.vic.gov.au/

Translated Resources (IBAC) http://www.ibac.vic.gov.au/general/accessibility/tr

Visit the Victoria Ombudsman Website