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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 interest disclosures. While some limited protections are available to whistleblowers employed by Australian Public Service agencies, evidence to the inquiry indicates that those protections are inadequate.
Other key areas of recommendations in the report include: