Protected disclosure, fraud and corruption

Protected disclosure laws enable people to make disclosures about improper public sector conduct without fear of reprisal. Adding to our accountability is our Fraud and Corruption Policy, which guides how we handle suspicion and detection of fraud.

Victorian law changes

New integrity reforms came into effect in Victoria in 2013. These included the replacement of the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001 with the Protected Disclosure Act 2012, and the creation of the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC),

IBAC was established to promote integrity and accountability across the:

  • Victorian public sector including Victorian Police
  • local councils
  • Members of Parliament
  • the Judiciary.

What is a protected disclosure?

A protected disclosure is a complaint about corrupt or improper conduct by a public officer or body. The Protected Disclosure Act 2012 aims to ensure openness and accountability by encouraging people to disclose corrupt or improper conduct, and protecting them when they do.

How do we treat protected disclosures?

We don't tolerate corrupt or improper conduct by employees, officers or members, or reprisals against those who disclose such conduct.

We encourage employees and members of the public to report known or suspected incidences of corrupt or improper conduct. We'll take all reasonable steps to protect those who make disclosures, and we'll afford natural justice to the subject of the disclosure.

How do we protect people?

We refer all correspondence, phone calls and emails from persons making disclosures to the protected disclosure co-ordinator. 

The protected disclosure co-ordinator will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the identity of the person making a protected disclosure and the subject of the disclosure remain confidential. Where necessary, the protected disclosure co-ordinator will arrange for appropriate welfare support for the person making a protected disclosure.

How to make a protected disclosure?

Employees or members of the public can make protected disclosures.

Protected disclosures may relate to corrupt or improper conduct by:

  • the organisation
  • employees of Council
  • Councillors while acting in their official capacity.

Part Two of the Act provides that a people can make disclosures:

  • orally
  • in writing
  • electronically
  • anonymously.

We can only address disclosures that relate to Glen Eira City Council as an organisation, or any of our employees or contractors. Protected disclosures about Councillors must go directly to IBAC.

Who to contact

If your disclosure relates to Glen Eira City Council, please contact the disclosures co-ordinator:

Alan Stone
Corporate Counsel
Phone: 9524 3333
Email: protecteddisclosure@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Alternative contact

If your disclosure is about a Councillor, you must contact IBAC directly. You can also make other disclosures to IBAC.

Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC)
IBAC, GP Box 24234, Melbourne Victoria 3000
Website: www.ibac.vic.gov.au
Phone: 1300 735 135

What happens next?

Once we decide that the complaint is a protected disclosure we will investigate the matter. We'll keep you informed of any action we take in relation to your disclosure and the timeframes that apply.

Are there alternatives to protected disclosures?

The protected disclosure procedure aims to complement normal complaint methods and existing communication channels between supervisors and employees.

If you're a member of the public, we encourage you to contact us with complaints or concerns about us or our employees.

If you're an employee, we encourage you to raise matters with your supervisor at any time.

Fraud and corruption

Council is committed to the detection and investigation of fraud. Our Fraud and Corruption Policy (PDF, 167KB), approved in 2010, is our key reference document for dealing with the suspicion of or detection of fraud.

The policy promotes and guides the conduct of all Councillors, staff (including officers) and external parties associated with Council, with a view to avoiding fraud.

It outlines:

  • definitions of fraud and corruption
  • our roles and responsibilities
  • fraud risk assessment
  • procedures for reporting fraud and corruption
  • procedures for fraud investigation.