On March 12, 2019 the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2018 (Whistleblower Bill) received Royal Assent.
The law takes effect from 1 July 2019, with a six-month transitional period in which public and large propriety companies must ensure that they have a compliant Whistleblower Policy in place.
It is important that your staff are trained on what protections are available to whistleblowers, who disclosures can be made to, how your organisation will protect and support whistleblowers, and how you will ensure fair treatment of employees who are mentioned in disclosures. There are significant penalties for breaches of the law.
Our Whistleblower Course provides an overview of an organisation’s whistleblowing policy and the protections provided to those who make disclosures covered by amendments contained in the Whistleblower Bill.
It is designed to promote a culture of honesty and ethical behaviour to ensure that employees are proactive in asking questions, understand how to report misconduct and how their complaints are dealt with.