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Public Interest Disclosures Process

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Victoria's Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 (the PID Act) has replaced the Protected Disclosures Act 2012 which had superseded the Whistleblowers Protection Act in 2013. The updates to the PID Act provides stronger protections for people who make disclosures about improper conduct in the public sector, including Wellington Shire Council, its staff, employees and Councillors.

A complaint or allegation that is already in the public domain will not normally be a covered under a public interest disclosure, for example if the matter has already been subject to media or other public commentary. The term 'disclosure' is interpreted under the Act in the ordinary sense of the word as a 'revelation' to the person receiving it.

People making a disclosure must believe, on reasonable grounds, that a Councillor or Council employee has engaged in, or proposes to engage in, improper conduct. The conduct must be serious enough to constitute a criminal offence or reasonable grounds for dismissal.

Examples of such a disclosure may include:

  • An officer taking a bribe to grant a permit.
  • An officer ignoring or concealing evidence of an illegal activity being conducted in the municipality.
  • A Council officer selling or revealing confidential information to enable someone to gain advantage such as information about a tender.
  • A substantial mismanagement of public resources.
  • A substantial risk to public health or safety.
  • A substantial risk to the environment.
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David Morcom

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Communications and Media.

Arthur Skipitaris

General Manager Corporate Services
Finance, Information Services, Organisation Development, Business Improvement.

Brent McAlister

General Manager Development
Land Use Planning, Economic Development, Municipal Services, Customer Service.

Chris Hastie

General Manager Built and Natural Environment
Assets and Projects, Built Environment, Natural Environment and Parks.

Sharon Houlihan

General Manager Community and Culture
Arts and Culture, Community Wellbeing, Healthy Lifestyles, Leisure Services.
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What is the purpose of the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 (the Act)?

The Act facilitates the disclosure of corrupt or improper conduct by public officers and public bodies, including Wellington Shire Council, its staff, employees and Councillors. It also provides protection to people who disclose this information.

The Act applies to all Victorian public bodies and public officers including:

  • Government departments and agencies
  • Statutory authorities
  • Universities and hospitals
  • Councillors and Council staff
  • Members of the Victorian Police Force
  • Members of Victorian Parliament

Who can make a Disclosure?

Any person who has reasonable grounds to believe that improper or corrupt conduct has occurred can make a disclosure. If you do not feel comfortable with disclosing your details at the time of making the complaint, you can make it anonymously.

Who handles these disclosures at Wellington Shire Council?

Disclosures regarding Wellington Shire Council staff should be made to the General Manager Corporate Services and alternatively, in his absence, the Chief Executive Officer may receive disclosures.

If Council believes a disclosure may be a public interest disclosure made in accordance with the Act, it will notify the disclosure to IBAC for assessment. IBAC will then deal with the disclosure.

Disclosures regarding Wellington Shire Councillors should be made directly to IBAC.

How do I contact Wellington Shire Council with a disclosure?

General Manager Corporate Services

  • Telephone: (03) 5142 3181
  • Email: pid@wellington.vic.gov.au (Note: This email address is solely accessed by the General Manager Corporate Services).
  • In writing: Enclosed within an envelope clearly marked:
    "CONFIDENTIAL - Attention General Manager Corporate Services"
    Wellington Shire Council
    PO BOX 506
    SALE VIC 3850

How do I contact IBAC with a disclosure?

Notifications are generally made in writing to IBAC either in hardcopy or via the online form. However, if you think the matter is serious and requires urgent attention, please phone IBAC on 1300 735 135. Alternatively, complete an online complaint form via the IBAC website.

Post
GPO Box 24234, Melbourne VIC 3001

Email
Email info@ibac.vic.gov.au

Ensure that however you choose to communicate with IBAC, you include the following:

  • The information contained in the complaint
  • The section of the Act you're notifying us under.

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Monday, March 15, 2021

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