Council has developed procedures for dealing with whistleblower disclosures, in accordance with the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001.
The main purpose of the Act is to:
- encourage and facilitate disclosures of improper conduct by public officers and public bodies
- protect persons making those disclosures and others from reprisals, and
- provide for the matters disclosed to be properly investigated and dealt with.
Accordingly, a disclosure can be made by a person who believes, on reasonable grounds, that a public officer or public body is either engaging in improper conduct or taking detrimental action. The term "improper conduct" is defined in the Act.
To whom should a disclosure be made?
Any disclosures about Councillors should be made to the Victorian Ombudsman. More information about how to make a disclosure is available on the Victorian Ombudsman website.
Any disclosures about Council staff can be made to either Council's Chief Executive Officer or the Victorian Ombudsman.
How must the Council respond?
After receiving a disclosure, Council has up to 45 days to reach a conclusion as to whether the disclosure is a public interest disclosure.
If Council decides the issue is a public interest disclosure, it must then notify the relevant whistleblower and the Ombudsman of this decision within 14 days.
The Ombudsman will make a final determination as to whether the matter is a public interest disclosure. If the Ombudsman decides the matter is a public interest disclosure, the Ombudsman will then investigate the matter.
Further InformationIvan Gilbert
Executive Manager - Governance
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