Are you prepared for managing a whistleblower complaint? From 1 July 2019, Australian companies must give protection to whistleblower employees and they have until the end of 2019 to introduce a compliant and comprehensive whistleblower policy. If you fail to comply with the new laws, it’s a criminal offence with tough civil and criminal penalties for disclosing the identity or victimising a whistleblower.
You need to be prepared to manage a whistleblower complaint if you are:
- a senior manager
- responsible for organisation wellbeing and culture or governance
- managing direct reports.
A complaint could be a simple case of fraud, misappropriation or a behavioural complaint. Or, it could be a complex issue that unearths systemic problems within the organisation that requires a more long-term and thorough investigation to resolve.
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