What Is Whistle Blowing?
Why do an Audit?
Every organisation is exposed to risk and it is important for
organisations to consider how best to address risk to protect
employees, clients and the organisation itself from costly and
Risk management includes misconduct, some of which may
only be reported if the person doing so can be offered safe
and secure means of reporting misconduct.
Risk Management Assessment
Organisations wishing to maintain a trusted reputation in
accordance with best practice and comply with the law relating to whistleblowing should consider a whistleblowing
program as part of their overall governance and risk
How can organisations implement an effective whistle blowing system?
What are the benefits of a Whistle Blowing System?
Despite its growth internationally, whistleblowing has been
poorly understood and, at times, subjected to bad publicity
in Australia because people have suffered as a result of
whistleblowing. It is fast becoming an essential tool for
organisations to tackle misconduct.
Benefits for organisations include
• Complying with legal obligations relating to
whistleblowing including protection of whistleblowers.
• Enhancing the ability to identify systematic and recurring
• Offering early detection of potential or actual wrongdoing
and thereby a motive to avoid escalation of risk.
• Allowing effective management of disclosures, reducing
misconduct and avoiding employees going public or to
• Presenting a further, and perhaps a final, opportunity
to intervene in wrongdoing which may otherwise go
undetected – whistleblowing can still work when
regulatory monitoring and good governance fails.
• Promoting confidence and trust in organisation leadership
when they are prepared to go on record for encouraging
• Fostering organisational stability and productivity and reducing possibility of reputational damage, litigation,
prosecutions and financial impact by acting on
information provided by whistleblowers.
• Empowering employees by giving them a path to disclose
• Protecting and enhancing an organisation’s reputation.
• Positively impacting on organisation culture –
whistleblowing calls out poor culture and practices and
offers an improvement opportunity..
Legal obligations to audit systems and manage Risk.
Whistleblowing can also help meet an organisation’s
workplace safety and legal obligations to employees. Left
unchecked, misconduct or wrongdoing may in some cases
compromise and endanger wellbeing of employees.
Most people want misconduct exposed and addressed, but
not everyone feels safe reporting it. Most people will only
do so if they can feel safe from reprisals. A well-constructed
whistleblowing program can provide a secure and safe
method to report misconduct and whistleblower the option
of making a disclosure via an independent channel while
A whistleblowing program should be managed by a selected
group of ‘Officers’ holding executive leadership positions,
with the senior executives or board of directors responsible
for assuming ownership under the scrutiny and control of
reporting and audits.
The program should be subject to periodic independent
reviews and audits..
About The Law
Whistleblowing has long been and is increasingly being
used worldwide in response to good governance, legislation, regulators and standards. Historically whistleblowing legislation has focused on the public sector with the Federal and State Governments enacting their respective disclosure Acts which are set out below.
• Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993, South Australia.
• Whistleblowers Protection Act 1994, Queensland.
• Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994, New South Wales.
• Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012, Australian Capital Territory.
• Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013, Commonwealth.
• Protected Disclosure Act 2012, Victoria.
• Public Interest Disclosures Act 2002, Tasmania.
• Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003, Western Australia.
• Public Interest Disclosure Act 2008, Northern Territory.
“Really enjoyed the program had three staff members also gain certification as it fitted with our overall Risk Management Systems.”
“We needed to have our systems for Whistleblowing Audited and tested regularly so it made sense to have to the capability internalised in our organisation.”
“As a company that runs systems across both public and private company’s we have to ensure we have everything in place to meet the new laws and legislation’s.”