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The Protected Disclosure Act 2012 came into operation on 10 February 2013 and Council is subject to this Act.  The main objectives of this Act are to encourage and facilitate disclosures of improper conduct and detrimental action by public officers and public bodies and other persons. The Act provides protection to persons who make those disclosures and persons who may suffer detrimental action in reprisal for those disclosures.  It also provides for the confidentiality of the content of those disclosures and the identity of persons who make those disclosures.

The Act covers council in its entirety, including council staff, officers and councillors. Disclosures about councillors must be made to the IBAC (Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission) or the Ombudsman (Victorian Ombudsman).

Disclosures about the Council or its staff and officers may be made to IBAC or to Council. If you would like to make a disclosure under the Act, please contact us at buloke@buloke.vic.gov.au (Attention: Protected Disclosure Coordinator) or you may contact our Protected Disclosure Coordinator on 1300 520 520.

The Protected Disclosure Act 2012 commenced on 10 February 2013 and repealed the former Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001. It ensures that public organisations operate in a responsible, open and accountable manner and to protect the public by exposing serious public sector unlawful activity. The main objective of the Act is to encourage and facilitate the making of disclosures of improper conduct or detrimental action by public officers and public bodies.

In accordance with Section 58 of the Act and in accordance with the guidelines of the IBAC published under section 57 of the Act, Council is required to establish and publish procedures in the application of the legislation and also ensure it is readily available to members of the public as well as internally to all Councillors, employees and staff of the Council.

The Act provides protection to those that make disclosures in accordance with the Act, and establishes a system for the matters disclosed to be investigated and for rectifying action to be taken.

How do I make a disclosure?

  • By phone on 5478 0118
  • In writing to: Protected Disclosure Coordinator, the Director Corporate Services, Buloke Shire Council, PO Box 1, Wycheproof VIC 3527
  • By e-mail to the Director Corporate Services hyu@buloke.vic.gov.au

Will my disclosure be kept confidential?

Yes. All disclosures by internal and external disclosers will be kept strictly confidential. No identification is necessary prior to being transferred to the Protected Disclosure Coordinator on such occasions.

Can I contact anyone else?

A disclosure may be made directly to IBAC or the Ombudsman:

IBAC
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IBAC for more information or complaint forms
Phone: 1300 735 135
Toll free: 1800 555 677

The Ombudsman Victoria
Level 9, 459 Collins Street
MELBOURNE 3000
DX 210274
Email: ombudvic@ombudsman.vic.gov.au
Phone: 03 9613 6922
Toll Free: 1800 806 314

If the disclosure relates to Councillors, the disclosure must be made direct to IBAC or the State Ombudsman.

If the disclosure relates to the Protected Disclosure Coordinator, the disclosure should be made to the Chief Executive Officer.

If the disclosure relates to the Chief Executive Officer, the disclosure should be made to the Protected Disclosure Coordinator.

Buloke Shire Council: 367 Broadway, Wycheproof, VIC 3527 | Phone: 1300 520 520 | Fax: (03) 5493 7395 | Email: buloke@buloke.vic.gov.au

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