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.
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,...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...