Whistle blowing

Protected disclosure


Good practices for handling whistleblower disclosures

This report provides insights for companies and superannuation trustees when designing programs or frameworks to manage whistleblowing in accordance with the Corporations Act 2001. The good practices identified are scalable and include examples of how executives and directors oversee whistleblower programs.
Position paper

Breaking the silence: a proposal for whistleblower protections to enable migrant workers to address exploitation

Led by the Migrant Justice Institute and the Human Rights Law Centre, this document urges the Australian government to establish whistleblower protections that would enable migrant workers to report exploitation without risking their visa.

Protecting Australia’s whistleblowers: the federal roadmap

Whistleblowers are a vital part of Australian democracy, playing a crucial role in the integrity and accountability of public and private institutions each and every day. This publication sets out the 12 key areas of reform needed to place Australia back on the road to...
Position paper

Building on the EU directive for whistleblower protection: analysis and recommendations

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...
Discussion paper

Whistleblower policies: consultation paper

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...
Briefing paper

Press freedom in Australia: white paper

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.

Policy: Stronger anti-corruption & whistleblower protections

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...

Understanding and responding to victimisation of whistleblowers

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...

Foreign bribery

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.

New foreign interference laws will compound risks to whistleblowers and journalists

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...
Journal article

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'.

The age of the mega-leak

The Panama Papers looked like the culmination of a new era for leakers — and then the Paradise Papers came along. But can we expect action to follow?

Perceptions of corruption: survey of Victorian state government employees

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.

Whistleblower protections

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.
Policy report

Report of investigation into whistle blower treatment within the Ministry of Transport

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...

Strength of organisational whistleblowing processes: analysis from 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...
Journal article

Honesty without fear? Whistleblower anti-retaliation protections in corporate codes of conduct

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...

Operation secret borders: what we don't know can hurt us

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 sheet

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.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Julian Assange goes too far on Barack Obama's prosecutions against whistleblowers

Julian Assange claims Barack Obama has prosecuted more whistleblowers for espionage than all previous US presidents combined since 1917.

Whistling while they work: a good-practice guide for managing internal reporting of wrongdoing in public sector organisations

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.

Whistleblower protection: a comprehensive scheme for the Commonwealth public sector

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...