Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower)

Golden Plains Shire Council is a public body subject to the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 (“Act”). 

The purpose of the Act is to encourage and facilitate the making of disclosures relating to improper conduct of public bodies and public officers, including the Council, its staff, employees and Councillors, and the taking of detrimental action in reprisal for making disclosures under the Act.

The Council recognises the value of transparency and accountability in its administrative and management practices. We do not tolerate improper conduct by our organisation, our employees, officers or Councillors, nor the taking of reprisals against those who come forward to disclose improper conduct. 

The Council recognises the courage it takes to come forward and make disclosures under the Act and encourages those who have legitimate concerns to raise them and to receive the protections available to disclosers under the Act.  

What can disclosures be made about?

Disclosures may be made about “improper conduct” on the part of a public body or its staff, employees and members, including Councillors.

Disclosures may also be made about “detrimental action” taken (or suspected may be taken) in reprisal against a person in connection with a disclosure made about improper conduct. 

The conduct or action being disclosed may have taken place, still be occurring, or is believed will occur or be engaged in.

How do I make a disclosure?

The Council has appointed a Public Interest Disclosure Coordinator who can be contacted if you wish to obtain further information about Council’s public interest disclosures policy or procedures, or if you wish to arrange a confidential meeting to discuss any matters of concern. 

Public Interest Disclosure Coordinator
Director Corporate Services 
Golden Plains Shire Council
Post:     PO Box 111, BANNOCKBURN   VIC   3331
Phone:  03 5220 7111 (Via Customer Service)
Fax:       03 5220 7100

Council Policy & Procedure

Public Interest Disclosures Policy

Additional Resources

Independent Broad Based Anti-Corruption Commission

Translated Resources (IBAC)



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