Protected disclosures

Overview

The Protected Disclosures Act 2012 (the Act) encourages and facilitates making disclosures of improper conduct by public bodies or public sector employees, and protects persons who make those disclosures.


The Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) is committed to the aims and objectives of the Act. It does not tolerate improper conduct by its employees, officers or members, nor the taking of reprisals against those who come forward to disclose such conduct.

DTF recognises the value of transparency and accountability in its administrative and management practices, and supports the making of disclosures that reveal corrupt conduct, conduct involving a substantial mismanagement of public resources, or conduct involving a substantial risk to public health and safety or the environment.

DTF will take all reasonable steps to protect people who make such disclosures from any detrimental action in reprisal for making the disclosure. It will also afford natural justice to the person who is the subject of the disclosure.

What is improper conduct?

  • conduct that is corrupt; or
  • a substantial mismanagement of public resources; or
  • conduct involving substantial risk to public health or safety; or
  • conduct involving substantial risk to the environment.

The Act requires that the above conduct would, if proven, be a criminal offence or constitute reasonable grounds for dismissal.

How do I make a disclosure?

A disclosure is an allegation of improper or corrupt conduct. Disclosures of improper conduct or detrimental action by DTF or its employees may be made in writing or by telephone to the Protected Disclosure Coordinator:

Steven Harris
Protected Disclosure Coordinator
Assistant Director, Planning and Executive Services
Department of Treasury and Finance
Level 7, 1 Macarthur Street
East Melbourne, VIC, 3002

Disclosures may also be made directly to the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC):

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Level 1, North Tower
459 Collins Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000
Tel: 1300 735 135

DTF's Annual Report contains the Department's disclosures pursuant to the Protected Disclosures Act 2012 (formerly the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001) and details of the system for reporting and managing disclosures.

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