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Protected disclosures

We do not tolerate corrupt or improper conduct by our employees, officers or contractors, nor reprisals against those who come forward to disclose such conduct.

We encourage employees, contractors and members of the public to report known or suspected incidences of corrupt or improper conduct.

Making a disclosure

Protected Disclosures may relate to corrupt or improper conduct by:

  • the organisation
  • employees of Mitchell Shire Council
  • our Councillors

Mitchell Shire Council can only address disclosures that relate to Mitchell Shire Council. Protected disclosures about Councillors of Mitchell Shire Council can only be made to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC).

Employees, contractors, Councillors or members of the public can make a disclosure:

  • orally
  • in writing
  • electronically, or
  • anonymously

Disclosures about the organisation or employees of Council

Reports about the organisation or employees of Council can be made directly to IBAC or to:

Laurie Ellis
Director — Governance and Corporate Performance
113 High Street, Broadford VIC 3658
Phone: 5734 6250
Mobile: 0411 041 606

Disclosures about Councillors

All disclosures relating to Councillors must be made directly to IBAC:

Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission
GPO Box 24234, Melbourne Victoria 3000
Phone: 1300 735 135

Our procedures for protected disclosures

Our Protected Disclosure Procedures outline in detail what is a protected disclosure. Some examples of unacceptable behaviour by public officers include:

  • using their position for personal advantage
  • using the influence of their public office for improper purposes
  • acting to influence or adversely affect the honest performance of a public officer
  • behaving in a way that knowingly breaches public trust
  • misusing information or materials acquired in the course of doing their job
  • mismanaging public resources
  • acting in a way that results in a risk to public health or safety, or to the environment
  • acting in reprisal against people who have made disclosures

Mitchell Shire Council will take all reasonable steps to protect people who make disclosures without the fear of reprisal. All information relating to a protected disclosure is limited to the CEO and nominated officers.

Mitchell Shire Council will also afford natural justice to the person who is the subject of the disclosure. Where required, welfare officers will be available to provide support.

These procedures relate to serious allegations of improper or corrupt behaviour. Council's normal complaint management process should be used for all other complaints.

Protected Disclosure Act 2012

The Protected Disclosure Act 2012 enables people to make disclosures about improper conduct within the public sector without fear of reprisal. The Act aims to ensure openness and accountability by encouraging people to make disclosures and protecting them when they do so.

Go to AustLii: Protected Disclosure Act 2012