Victorian legislation changes
As of 11 February 2013, new legislation implementing recent integrity reforms in Victoria came into effect. In particular, the replacement of the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001 with the Protected Disclosure Act 2012.
The reform includes the creation of the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC), a body established to promote integrity and accountability across the Victorian public sector, the Victorian Inspectorate, whose role is to oversee both the IBAC and the ombudsman and the new Accountability and Oversight Parliamentary Committee, which has oversight over the ombudsman.
What is a protected disclosure?
A protected disclosure is a complaint of corrupt or improper conduct by a public officer or body.
Protected Disclosure Act 2012
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.
How we treat protected disclosures
We do not tolerate corrupt or improper conduct by our employees, officers or members, or 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.
We will take all reasonable steps to protect people who make disclosures without the fear of reprisal.
We will also afford natural justice to the person who is the subject of the disclosure.
Protection of persons making a protected disclosure
All correspondence, phone calls and emails from persons making disclosures are referred to the protected disclosure co-ordinator.
The protected disclosure co-ordinator 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 co-ordinator will arrange for appropriate welfare support for the person making a protected disclosure.
Making a protected disclosure
Protected disclosures may be made by employees or by members of the public.
Part two of the Act provides that a person may make a disclosure:
- in writing;
- electronically; or
Protected disclosures may relate to corrupt or improper conduct by:
- the organisation;
- employees of Council; or
- Councillors while acting in their official capacity.
We can only address disclosures that relate to Glen Eira. Protected disclosures about Councillors must be addressed by IBAC.
Who to contact
Disclosures should be made to the protected disclosures co-ordinator:
Phone: 9524 3333
Disclosures may also be made directly to IBAC:
Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC)
Address: IBAC, GP Box 24234, Melbourne Victoria 3000
Phone: 1300 735 135
All disclosures about Councillors must be directed to IBAC.
What happens next?
Once it is determined that the complaint is a protected disclosure we will investigate the matter. The person making the complaint will be kept informed of action taken in relation to his or her disclosure and the timeframes that apply.
Alternatives to making a protected disclosure
These procedures are designed to complement normal methods of submitting complaints to us and existing communication channels between supervisors and employees.
Members of the public are encouraged to contact us with any complaints or concerns about us or our employees.
Employees are encouraged to raise matters at any time with their supervisors.
For further information visit IBAC's website.