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Strength of organisational whistleblowing processes: analysis from Australia

Business ethics Governance Whistle blowing Australia

This report presents the first stage of a new measure of the strength of organisational processes for responding to staff wrongdoing concerns, based on responses to the Survey of Organisational Processes and Procedures conducted in 2016 by Whistling While They Work 2: Improving managerial responses to whistleblowing in public and private sector organisations.

The analysis uses results from five questions to create a scale measure (expressed as a score out of 10) of strength of processes reported for 699 organisations, across 19 sector/jurisdiction groups:

• 10 public sector jurisdictions (Australia and New Zealand)

• 5 private industry sector groups (Australia only), and

• 4 not-for-profit industry sector groups (Australia only).

This report includes Australian results (634 organisations) in 18 sector/jurisdiction groups. New Zealand results will be released shortly.

The five sub-scales measure relative strength of processes for incident reporting and tracking; whether there is an active support strategy for staff who raise concerns; whether there are risk assessment processes for anticipating and preventing detrimental actions or reprisals; whether there are dedicated supports or only generalised supports for staff who report; and strength of processes for remediation of detrimental impacts or reprisals, if they occur.

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