What is a Protected Disclosure?
Protection of people who make genuine disclosures about improper conduct in the public sector is critical for an effective integrity and anti-corruption system.
What is the Protected Disclosure Act?
The Protected Disclosure Act 2012 enables people to make disclosures about improper conduct within the public sector without fear of reprisal. The Act aims to ensure openness and accountability by encouraging people to make disclosures and protecting them when they do.
Protections include keeping the identity of the person reporting improper conduct confidential and protecting them from reprisals including bullying, harassment or legal action.
How does Council Treat Protected Disclosures?
Council does not tolerate corrupt or improper conduct by its employees, officers or members, nor the taking of reprisals against those who come forward to disclosure such conduct.
Employees and members of the public are encouraged to report known or suspected incidences of corrupt or improper conduct.
Council will take all reasonable steps to protect people who make disclosures without the fear of reprisal.
Council will also afford natural justice to the person who is the subject of the disclosure.
How Does Council Protect Persons Making a 'Protected Disclosure'?
All correspondence, phone calls and emails from persons making disclosures are referred to the Protected Disclosure Coordinator.
The Protected Disclosure Coordinator will take all necessary steps to ensure that the identity of the person making a protected disclosure and the person who is subject of the disclosure are kept confidential. Where necessary, the Protected Disclosure Coordinator will arrange for appropriate welfare support for the person making a protected disclosure.
What If I Want to Make a 'Protected Disclosure'?
Protected Disclosures may be made by employees or by members of the public.
Part 2 of the Act provides that a person may make a disclosure:
- In writing
Protected Disclosures may relate to corrupt or improper conduct by:
- The organisation
- Employees of Central Goldfields Shire Council
Council can only address disclosures that relate to Central Goldfields Shire Council employees. Protected Disclosures about Councillors must be addressed by IBAC.
Contact by post
Confidential and Private
Protected Disclosure Coordinator
22 Nolan Street
Maryborough VIC 3465
Contact by phone
Phone: (03) 5461 0670
IBAC is Victoria’s anti-corruption agency responsible for preventing and exposing public sector corruption and police misconduct. They do this by:
- investigating serious corruption and police misconduct
- informing the public sector, police and the community about the risks and impacts of corruption and police misconduct, and ways in which it can be prevented.
www.ibac.vic.gov.au or call 1300 735 135
Level 1, North Tower 459 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
GPO Box 24234
Melbourne VIC 3001
For further information, please refer to Council's Protected Disclosure Policy.