New resources to provide whistleblower assistance

 

31 January 2019

The Registered Organisations Commission (ROC) has released new resources to assist registered organisations develop ‘in-house’ whistleblower policies and to encourage positive in-house ‘speak up’ cultures.

The ROC has also updated the information on its website about protected disclosures (whistleblower disclosures), and the agencies responsible for responding to them.

The information and resources accessible on the ROC’s website are the latest initiative launched by the ROC as part of its national 2018/19 Education Strategy.

The resources aim to support registered organisations and their officers when responding to whistleblower disclosures raised within their organisation.

“Organisations which have the best approach to handling complaints, are those that actively enable their people to raise concerns,” said Registered Organisations Commissioner Mr Mark Bielecki.

“This creates and fosters a ‘speak up’ culture where complaints and other matters can be addressed in the best interests of the organisation and its people,” said Mr Bielecki.

“The aim of our new resources is to see registered organisations better equipped to respond to issues at an early stage and to increase their capacity to address matters themselves, consistent with encouraging voluntary compliance. This should be a feature of good, contemporary governance of organisations.”

Mr Bielecki said whilst the ROC can at any time receive protected disclosures in accordance with the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009, it is hoped that by assisting organisations develop their own ‘in-house’ whistleblower policies and internal ‘speak up’ cultures they can, as they should, be a front line participant in resolving their own identified issues.

For more details, visit the ROC website Whistleblower page or email regorgs@roc.gov.au or phone 1300 341 665.

The supporting resources made available by the ROC cover a range of issues including the types of matters that can be disclosed, who can raise them, reporting procedures, examples of disclosable conduct or possible breaches, and the legal protections available to disclosers.

The ROC expects to launch further material about the whistleblower scheme. To keep up to date with any new information relating to the whistleblower scheme, subscribe to receive an email update by registering your email address with the ROC: Register my email

ROC media contact:   (03) 9603 0767 or media@roc.gov.au