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Protection for whistleblowers

Protection for whistleblowers

We are committed to the aims and objectives of the Protected Disclosure Act 2012.

Protected Disclosure Act

We do not tolerate improper conduct by our employees, officers or members, or the taking of reprisals against those who come forward to disclose such conduct.

We recognise the value of transparency and accountability in our administrative and management practices, and support the making of disclosures that reveal:

  • corrupt conduct
  • 'specified conduct' constituting a criminal offence, or reasonable grounds for dismissing the officer engaged in that conduct

'Specified conduct' is conduct:

  • of any person that adversely affects the honest performance by a public officer or public body of their functions
  • of a public officer or public body that constitutes or involves the dishonest performance of their functions
  • of a public officer or public body that constitutes or involves knowingly or recklessly breaching public trust
  • of a public officer or public body that involves the misuse of information or material acquired in the course of the performance of their functions whether or not for the benefit of the public officer or public body or any other person
  • that would constitute a conspiracy or an attempt to engage in any conduct referred to above
  • of a public officer or public body in their capacity as public officer or public body that:
    • involves substantial mismanagement of public resources
    • involves substantial risk to public health and safety, or to the environment

We will take all reasonable steps to protect people who make such disclosures from any detrimental action in reprisal for making the disclosure.

We will also afford natural justice to the person who is the subject of the disclosure.

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Our procedures outline the process for reporting disclosures of improper conduct and the protection given to persons who make disclosures.