Whistle blowing


7 Dec 2017

The Turnbull Government has announced a crackdown on foreign interference in Australian politics and national security. Proposed laws include a ban on foreign political donations, new criminal offences, and a transparency register for those acting on behalf of foreign governments or organisations.

Prime Minister...


7 Nov 2017

The Panama Papers, released in April 2016, were another quantum leap in size. Where the cables released by WikiLeaks had filled 1.7 gigabytes, the Panama Papers were 2.6 terabytes, or roughly 1500 times the size. They opened an unprecedented — and unprecedentedly detailed — window...


13 Sep 2017

Effective whistleblowing provides an essential service in fostering integrity and accountability while deterring and exposing misconduct, fraud and corruption. A recent analysis of whistleblower protections across G20 countries found Australia's laws to be comprehensive for the public sector, but lacking in the private sector. However,...

Policy report

13 Jul 2017

This is the report of the investigation into the treatment of public servants within the New Zealand Ministry of Transport who raised concerns about the conduct of jailed fraudster Joanne Harrison. The investigation was carried out by former Deputy State Services Commissioner Sandi Beatie QSO....

Research report

15 Aug 2016

The Australian Bankers’ Association (ABA) engaged Promontory Australasia to assist in strengthening the standards of whistleblower protections across the banking industry.

Promontory did not conduct a formal survey of practices in international banks. We also did not assess whistleblower practices in all Australian banks,...

Journal article

11 Aug 2016

Whistleblowing is considered to be an integral component of corporate governance through exposing and remedying corruption, fraud and other types of wrongdoing in both the public and private sector. While whistleblowers face a very real threat of retaliation, the current regime which purports to prohibit...


12 Oct 2011

This guide sets out results from four years of research into how public sector organisations can better fulfil their missions, maintain their integrity and value their employees by adopting a current best-practice approach to the management of whistleblowing.

This guide focuses on: the processes...

Research report

25 Feb 2009

This report recommends that the Australian government introduce new dedicated legislation to facilitate the making of public interest disclosures and strengthen legal protection for whistleblowers in the Commonwealth public sector. The Commonwealth is the only Australian jurisdiction that does not have legislation to encourage public...

Discussion paper

15 Sep 2007


A creeping authoritarianism and a pronounced lack of diversity are making their impact felt on Australia’s already fragile media landscape.

Despite Australia’s traditions of freedom and its status as a long-time liberal democracy, its ranking in terms of press...

Journal article

The intelligence leaks from Edward Snowden in 2013 unveiled the sophistication and extent of data collection by the United States’ National Security Agency and major global digital firms prompting domestic and international debates about the balance between security and privacy, openness and enclosure, accountability and...