Public interest disclosures
We do not tolerate corrupt or improper conduct by our employees, officers or contractors, or 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
Public Interest 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. Public interest 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:
- in writing
- electronically, or
Disclosures about the organisation or employees of Council
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 public interest disclosures
Our Public Interest Procedures outline in detail what is a public interest 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 public interest 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.
Mitchell Shire Council is in the process of updating the Public Interest Disclosure policy and procedure.
These procedures relate to serious allegations of improper or corrupt behaviour. Council's normal complaint management process should be used for all other complaints.
Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012 enables people to make public interest 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.
You can read the Act on the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website.
This page was last updated on 23 April 2021.