Public interest disclosure obligations
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 Public Interest 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.
If you can receive public interest 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 handling public interest disclosures
Protecting the welfare of disclosers
All public bodies must have procedures to protect people against detrimental action taken in reprisal for a public interest disclosure. These procedures must be available to staff and the community.
Guidelines for public interest disclosure welfare management
Information that relates to a public interest disclosure must be kept confidential. This includes information someone has given you, before realising it may be a public interest disclosure, as well as the identity of the person who has made a disclosure.