Corrupt or Improper Conduct Procedures

The Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 ensures that people who report improper conduct and corruption in the Victorian public sector (whistleblowers) can do so in the knowledge that they will be protected.

The main objective of the legislation is to encourage and facilitate the disclosure of improper conduct of public bodies and public officers. The scheme is important to enable people who report improper conduct and corruption to be protected, including keeping their identity confidential and protecting them from reprisals including bullying, harassment or legal action.

In accordance with the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012, Council is committed to integrity in all its operations. Click here to find a copy of our Public Interest Disclosures Procedures ( PDF 319.08KB).

A disclosure may be made about two things under the Act:

  1. Improper conduct of public bodies or public officers; and
  2. Detrimental action taken by public bodies or public officers in reprisal against a person for the making of a Public Interest disclosure.

The conduct or action being disclosed may have taken place, is still occurring, or is believed is intended to be taken or engaged in. Disclosures may also be made about conduct that occurred prior to the commencement of the Act on 1 January 2020.

What Can You Do If You Have a Concern?

You can make a disclosure anonymously, verbally or in writing.

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).

For more information: IBAC - report corruption or misconduct or phone 1300 735 135

Allegations regarding corrupt or improper conduct of any Council employee may be referred to the Public Interest Disclosures Coordinator

Vivien Ferlaino, Manager Governance and Integrity on 9262 6339, vivien.ferlaino@whitehorse.vic.gov.au or by mail to:

Vivien Ferlaino
Manager Governance and Integrity
Locked Bag 2
Nunawading VIC 3131

NB: Please mark envelope 'Public Interest Disclosure – Strictly Confidential'.

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

For more information, please refer to the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012.