Changes to protected disclosure legislation

On 5 March 2019, the Victorian Parliament passed legislation making changes to Victoria's integrity system. The legislation established a new parliamentary oversight committee, the Integrity and Oversight Committee, consolidating the oversight and performance review of a number of Victorian integrity agencies, including the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC).

The legislation also introduced changes to support people making disclosures which are in the public interest. Effective from 1 January 2020, these changes replaced previous 'protected disclosure' arrangements with 'public interest disclosures' under the updated Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 (Vic).

Information sheets to assist agencies with the changes:

Videos including a recording of one of IBAC's public interest disclosures information sessions are also available to watch below.

IBAC worked with its stakeholders, Public Interest Disclosure Coordinators, and public sector departments and agencies to support the Victorian Public Sector, Victoria Police, and the broader integrity system in preparing for new public interest disclosure arrangements.

IBAC continues to support Public Interest Disclosure Coordinators through a community of practice which provides opportunities to network, share knowledge, and build coordinators' skills in managing disclosures. The Public Interest Disclosure Community of Practice includes Public Interest Disclosure Coordinators from state government agencies, local councils, Victoria Police, and the Victorian Ombudsman’s office.