The federal government has moved a step closer to integrating whistleblower protections into Commonwealth law, just as new research reveals an urgent need for whistleblower reform particularly in the not-for-profit sector.
On 30 November 2016, the Senate referred an inquiry into whistleblower protections for the corporate, not-for-profit and public sectors to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services with a reporting deadline of June 2017. At the same time Australia’s largest whistleblowing research project released its preliminary results highlighting the “urgent need for comprehensive but well-informed reform of the nation’s whistleblowing laws”.
The study highlighted key gaps in the current system, particularly in not-for-profit organisations.
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