Public interest disclosures

Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) supports disclosures that reveal mismanagement of public resources, corrupt conduct and conduct that risks public health and safety. At the same time we aim to be transparent, professional and accountable for how we conduct our business.

Background

On 10 February 2013, the Protected Disclosure Act 2012 (Vic) (the Act) came into effect and replaced the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001 (Vic).

The Act allows people to make disclosures about improper conduct within the public sector without fear of reprisal. The Act aims to ensure openness and accountability by encouraging people to make disclosures and protecting them when they do.

The Act provides certain protections for people who make protected disclosures. It also creates certain obligations of confidentiality that prevent the disclosure of the identity of the person who has made a protected disclosure, and the content of the disclosure, unless it is done under certain specified circumstances.

Changes to protected disclosure legislation

On 5 March 2019, the Victorian Parliament passed legislation making changes to Victoria’s integrity system.

The legislation established a new parliamentary oversight committee, the Integrity and Oversight Committee, consolidating the oversight and performance review of a number of Victorian integrity agencies, including the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC).

The legislation also introduced changes to support people making disclosures which are in the public interest. Effective from 1 January 2020, these changes replaced previous ‘protected disclosure’ arrangements with 'public interest disclosures' under the updated Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 (Vic).

Alternatives to making a public interest disclosure

Members of the public are encouraged to contact us with any complaints or concerns about TSV and its employees. In addition, we encourage employees to raise matters at any time with their managers.

The information provided here is intended as a guide and is not a substitute for the relevant legislation, legal or professional advice.

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