The EU has adopted a Directive on the “Protection of persons reporting on breaches of Union law” (Whistleblower Protection Directive). To support effective implementation of the Directive, Transparency International has prepared this analysis, which provides recommendations aimed at closing loopholes and strengthening whistleblower protection in...
This consultation paper seeks feedback on our proposed guidance for entities that must have a whistleblower policy - public companies, large proprietary companies and proprietary companies that are trustees of registrable superannuation entities.
Clean as a whistle: a five step guide to better whistleblowing policy and practice in business and government
This guide works as a companion to new regulatory requirements, formal guidance and standards for whistleblowing policies and programs. The findings and key actions will help everyone with a commitment to integrity – organisations and policymakers alike – act to ensure the positive role of...
The AJF has released this white paper that provides seven recommendations for legislative change to strengthen press freedom in Australia. The recommendations include a framework underpinned by a Media Freedom Act that balances press freedom and national security interests, protecting journalists engaged in their work...
Australian Government response to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services report into whistleblower protections in the corporate, public and not-for-profit sectors
On 13 September 2017, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services issued its report on whistleblower protections. This is the Government response, presented to the Senate on 9 April 2019.
Australian Progressives hold the view that we need to widen the scope and levels of the ICAC bodies and strengthen protections for whistleblowers. Serious corruption has been exposed in all levels of government and across the business/corporate world. Bribery, extortion, theft, fraud, abuse of discretion...
Instances in which whistleblowers have lost employment and careers, suffered harassment and intimidation, and experienced threats or acts of violence continue to occur in Australia. This study sought to understand the nature of victimisation experienced by whistleblowers who had reported or attempted to report wrongdoing...
This report evaluates reform options to strengthen Australia's foreign bribery framework and examines the relevant experience in other jurisdictions. It assesses the need for increased transparency around beneficial ownership and the benefits of introducing a debarment framework in Australia.
Former New South Wales Supreme Court Judge Anthony Whealy believes the federal government's proposed new secret laws could see ABC reporters jailed for 15 years for handling sensitive government information such as the so called "Cabinet files". Mr Whealy is Chairman of Transparency International, and...
Proposed criminal offences, with regard to foreign interference in Australian politics and national security, will significantly expand the scope of existing laws against espionage and treason. This will make it easier to prosecute spies and other foreign nationals who seek undue influence over Australian business...
Comparative study on the ethical perceptions of contractors and designers in the China construction industry
This research has investigated the ethical perceptions of contractors and designers in the China construction industry. The top three serious ethical issues in the industry are 'Bribery and corruption', 'Failure to practice whistle-blowing' and 'Improper bidding practices'.
This report suggests that Victorian state government employees have a sound understanding of what corruption is, but many are unsure how to report it, and a significant proportion fear personal repercussions if they do.
One of this report's main recommendations is the establishment of a Whistleblower Protection Authority that can support whistleblowers, assess and prioritise the treatment of whistleblowing allegations, conduct investigations of reprisals, and oversight the implementation of the whistleblower regime for both the public and private sectors.
Report of the investigation into the treatment of public servants within the New Zealand Ministry of Transport.
Strength of organisational whistleblowing processes: Analysis from Australia & New Zealand. Further results of the Whistling While They Work 2 Project
Whistleblowing processes – or processes for encouraging and protecting staff to speak up about wrongdoing concerns and integrity challenges – are vital to integrity and good governance systems in organisations. This report presents initial analysis of the strength of organisational processes for responding to staff...
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...
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...
This report argues that Australia must do more to address the culture of secrecy surrounding its immigration and asylum seeker policies. Secrecy increases risks to the health, safety, and dignity of people in our care and prevents the Australian public from knowing what is being...
Fact Check: Are staff working in detention centres protected by whistleblower laws if they speak out?
Labor's Immigration spokesman Richard Marles claims whistleblower protection, which applies across the public service, also applies to workers at the Manus and Nauru detention centres.