Protected disclosure obligations

Receiving disclosures

Victorian departments, administrative offices and councils, and the Victorian Public Sector Commission can receive disclosures about the conduct of their own agency or staff. These agencies should have a Protected Disclosure Coordinator for staff or members of the community to report their concerns to.

Not all public sector agencies can receive disclosures. If you are unable to receive disclosures, you should direct potential disclosers to the appropriate place to make a disclosure. This will ordinarily be IBAC.

Handling disclosures

If you can receive protected disclosures, you must have effective procedures to facilitate the making of disclosures, and to receive and manage disclosures (including notifications to IBAC).

These procedures must be available to staff and the community.

Guidelines for making and handling protected disclosures

Protecting the welfare of disclosers

All public bodies must have procedures to protect people against detrimental action taken in reprisal for a protected disclosure. These procedures must be available to staff and the community.

Guidelines for protected disclosure welfare management

Confidentiality

Information that relates to a protected disclosure must be kept confidential. This includes information someone has given you, before realising it may be a protected disclosure, as well as the identity of the person who has made a disclosure.