What is a Protected Disclosure?
A protected disclosure is a complaint of corrupt or improper conduct and may relate to conduct by the organisation, employees or Councillors.
How do I make a Protected Disclosure?
Any person may make a disclosure (orally, in writing, electronically or anonymously) noting that Council only addresses disclosures that relate to the council or its staff. Disclosures regarding Councillors must be made directly to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC).
Disclosures should be made to :
Protected Disclosure Coordinator
PO Box 580, Stawell 3380
Direct phone : 03 5358 712
Mobile : 0427 293 971
Disclosures may also be made directly to IBAC:
Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC)
GP Box 24234, Melbourne Victoria 3000
Telephone : 1300 735 135
How does Council treat Protected Disclosures?
Council does not tolerate corrupt or improper conduct by the organisation, its employees, officers and Councillors nor the taking of reprisals against those who come forward to disclose such conduct.
Employees and members of the public are encouraged to contact Council with any complaints or concerns about Council or its employees and to report known or suspected incidences of corrupt or improper conduct.
How will Council protect a person making a Protected Disclosure?
Council will take all reasonable steps to protect a person who makes a protected disclosure from detrimental action, including witnesses and persons the subject of an investigation, and arrange for appropriate welfare support where necessary.
The Coordinator will take all necessary steps to keep confidential the identify of the person making a disclosure and the person about whom the disclosure is made and store all information securely in Council's electronic document records management system.
Council will ensure that all its staff are familiar with its protected disclosure procedures and the obligations under the Act.
What happens next?
Once it is determined that the complaint is a protected disclosure, the Coordinataor will investigate the matter. The person making the complaint will be kept informed of action taken in relation to the disclosure and timeframes that apply.
Alternatives to making a Protected Disclosure?
These procedures are designed to complement normal methods of submitting complaints to Council. Refer to our Contact Us Page and the Complaint Resolution Process(PDF, 84KB).
Council is legislatively required to establish written Protected Disclosures Procedures(PDF, 461KB) to facilitate the making, handling and notification of protected disclosures that relate to itself and its employees and officers.
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.