Whistle blowing

Protected disclosure

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...
Discussion paper

Not good news: Australia's shrinking media freedoms

Introduction 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 freedom has fallen below that...

Whistleblowing and the media: transparency the biggest casualty

Expanding on the issue of protection of journalists' sources, Helen Ester looks at a range of factors affecting the Press Gallery's role in public accountability. These include not only government pursuit of whistleblowers but also a weak freedom of information regime making journalists overly dependent...