Whitehorse City Council

Corrupt or Improper Conduct Procedures

The Protected Disclosure Act 2012 came into effect on 11 February 2013, repealing the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001 and creating a new legislative framework for receiving protected disclosures and protecting those who make them.  

The new Act established the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) which is Victoria’s first anti-corruption body with responsibility for identifying and preventing serious corrupt conduct across the whole public sector, including members of Parliament, the judiciary and state and local government.

IBAC also has a broad oversight role in relation to police personnel misconduct and an important education function to proactively assist public sector agencies to improve their systems and processes to prevent corrupt conduct.

In accordance with the Protected Disclosures Act 2012, Council is committed to integrity and commitment in all its operations.

The values identified in the Council Plan 2013-2017 include: 'Openness and accountability – being transparent in its decision-making, Council welcomes public scrutiny and community feedback.'

What can you do if you have a concern?

You may make an allegation; anonymously, either in writing or by telephone or face to face.

Allegations regarding corrupt or improper conduct of a Councillor of the City of Whitehorse or the Chief Executive Officer should be directly sent to the:

Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC)
Level 9
459 Collins Street (north tower)
Melbourne 3000

Phone: 9613 6222 or toll free 1800 806 314.

Allegations regarding corrupt or improper conduct of any Council employee may be referred to the Protected Disclosures Coordinator, Pauline Bennett, Manager Organisation Development on 9262 6310, pauline.bennett@whitehorse.vic.gov.au or by mail to:

Pauline Bennett
Manager Organisation Development
Locked Bag 2
Nunawading Delivery Centre 3131

NB: Please mark envelope 'Protected Disclosure – Strictly Confidential'.

All allegations will be regarded as extremely serious. The Protected Disclosures Coordinator will assess if the disclosure is a protected disclosure in accordance with the guidelines and will refer 'protected disclosures' to the appropriate authority for investigation.

Whitehorse City Council has developed protected disclosures procedures that are outlined in the following document: pdf icon Protected Disclosure Procedures (516.26kB). The document endorses the process recommended by IBAC for making and handling protected disclosures.

The legislation provides protection for any person coming forward with an allegation and for feedback to the person making the disclosure (where such is not anonymous).

For more information, please refer to the attached procedures and the Protected Disclosures Act 2012.