Review of public sector bodies' compliance with elements of the Protected Disclosure Act
Protected disclosures play an important role in Victoria's integrity system, providing key information to help identify wrongdoing and risks to public service delivery. It is important people know how to make a disclosure and what protections they are entitled to.
The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) recently reviewed state and local government bodies’ compliance with key elements of the Protected Disclosure Act 2012 (the PD Act). In particular, the review looked at procedures for protected disclosures and how these are made available to people by public sector bodies.
The review found that while most bodies surveyed had procedures in place, some did not. There was also variance in how easy these procedures were to read, use and access. This raises concerns that people may not be aware how to make a disclosure about improper conduct in the public sector and the protections they may be entitled to.
From 1 January 2020, the Protected Disclosure Act 2012 was replaced by the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012.