The Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 (the Act) replaced the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001 and has recently been updated.
The Act encourages and assists people in making disclosures of improper conduct by public officers and public bodies. The Act also provides protection to people when they do make a disclosure in accordance with the Act.
As a public body, City West Water is covered by the Act.
City West Water does not tolerate improper conduct by its employees, officers or members, nor the taking of reprisals against those who come forward to disclose such conduct.
City West Water recognises the value of transparency and accountability in its administrative and management practices, and supports the making of disclosures that reveal:
- corrupt conduct,
- conduct involving a substantial mismanagement of public resources, or
- conduct involving a substantial risk to public health and safety or the environment.
City West Water will take all reasonable steps to protect people who make such disclosures from any detrimental action in reprisal for making the disclosure. It will also afford natural justice to the person who is the subject of the disclosure.
What is a public interest disclosure?
A public interest disclosure is a complaint of corrupt or improper conduct by a public officer or body.
How to make a public interest disclosure?
City West Water is not a public body prescribed under the Act to receive a public interest disclosure. Disclosures about City West Water, its employees, officers or members should be made directly to the Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC).
GPO Box 24234, Melbourne, Victoria, 3001
Phone: 1300 735 135
City West Water's public interest disclosure procedures
In accordance with section 58 of the Act, City West Water has prepared procedures for the protection of persons making disclosures from detrimental actions by any employee, officer or member of City West Water.
For more information and guidance please refer to the Guidelines for handling public interest disclosures released by IBAC in December 2019