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Observing World Whistleblowers Day: Supporting Ethical Courage

June 19, 2024

This Sunday, 23 June 2024, marks World Whistleblowers Day, an important occasion to recognise the courage and significance of individuals who speak up about misconduct, fraud, corruption, waste of public money, or other unethical behaviour.

In New South Wales, the Ombudsman's office is the primary point of contact for advice and guidance under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2022 (NSW). Similar legislation exists in other states and territories across Australia. In the private sector, whistleblowing protections are governed by the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) offering comprehensive information on rights and protections for whistleblowers.

Whistleblowers play a crucial role in safeguarding transparency and accountability within organisations and government bodies. By reporting wrongdoing, they help prevent harm, uphold integrity, and promote a culture of ethical conduct. It is essential for organisations to have robust frameworks and policies in place to support whistleblowers and ensure their protection from retaliation.

Centium's experts understand the intricacies of whistleblower legislation and the obligations of employers. We provide expert advice on the requirements of Public Interest Disclosure legislation, conduct independent workplace investigations, and deliver training to staff and disclosure officers to enhance awareness and compliance with legal obligations. Contact us at info@centium.com.au to discuss how we can partner with you to strengthen your organisational capacity to address whistleblowing issues effectively.

To assist NSW Local Councils we have recently developed a cheat sheet to help navigate the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2022 (NSW), the Model Code of Conduct and Local Government Industry Standards. To obtain a copy, contact Lisa Braid

On this World Whistleblowers Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to supporting ethical courage and protecting those who speak out for the greater good of our workplaces and communities.

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