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Public Interest Disclosures Process

Victoria’s Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 (the PID Act) has replaced the Protected Disclosures Act 2012 which had superseded the Whistleblowers Protection Act in 2013.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.
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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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Airly-Clydebank Hall
556 Clydebank Road, Airly
Binginwarri Hall and Recreation Reserve
675 Albert River-Welshpool Road, Binginwarri
Boisdale Public Hall
42-44 Main Street, Boisdale
Briagolong Mechanics Institute Hall
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Bundalaguah/Myrtlebank Hall
794 Maffra-Sale Road, Bundalaguah
Carrajung South Hall
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Coongulla Community Centre
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Cowwarr Public Hall
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Dargo Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
177 Lind Avenue, Dargo
Denison Public Hall
1293 Denison Road, Denison
Devon North Public Hall
599 Tarra Valley Road, Devon North
Giffard West Public Hall
3877 South Gippsland Highway, Giffard West
Glenmaggie Mechanics Institute (Public Hall)
21 Glenfalloch Road, Glenmaggie
Golden Paradise Beach Community Centre
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Gormandale Mechanics Institute
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Heyfield Community Resource Centre
3-5 George Street, Heyfield
Heyfield Memorial Hall
38-40 MacFarlane Street, Heyfield
Kilmany Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
21 Freshwaters Road, Kilmany
Licola Public Hall
8 Jamieson-Licola Road, Licola
Loch Sport Public Hall
222-236 National Park Road, Loch Sport
Longford Hall and Recreation Reserve
Corner South Gippsland and Longford-Loch Sport Road, Longford
Macks Creek Public Hall
Bulga Park Road, Macks Creek
Maffra Memorial Hall
11-15 Foster Street, Maffra
Manns Beach Hall
David Street, Manns Beach
Meerlieu Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
1455 Lindenow-Meerlieu Road, Meerlieu
Munro Public Hall
191 Munro-Stockdale Road, Munro
Nambrok Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
173 Nambrok Hall Road, Nambrok
Newry Hall
139-141 Main Road, Newry
Port Albert Mechanics Institute
20 Victoria Street, Port Albert
Rosedale Public Hall
37-39 Prince Street, Rosedale
Sale Memorial Hall
Macalister Street, Sale
Seaton Hall and Recreation Reserve
1043 Main Street, Seaton
St Johns Ambulance Hall
Stead Street Reserve, Sale
Staceys Bridge Hall
248 Albert River Road, Staceys Bridge
Stradbroke Recreation Reserve and Hall
4971 South Gippsland Highway, Stradbroke
Stratford Mechanics Hall
17 Hobson Street, Stratford
Tinamba Public Hall
Rosedale-Maffra Road, Tinamba
Valencia Soldiers Memorial Hall
84-86 Briagolong Road, Valencia Creek
Willung Public Hall
195 Willung Hall Road, Willung
Won Wron Hall
4737 Hyland Highway, Won Wron
Wonyip Public Hall
Old Wonyip Road, Wonyip
Woodside Public Hall
Corner Prince Street and Austins Road, Woodside
Yarram Mechanics Hall
2-4 Church Street, Yarram
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Bellbird Corner Riverside Reserve
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Boisdale Recreation Reserve
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Briagolong Quarry Reserve
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Briagolong Recreation Reserve
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Cameron Sporting Complex
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Carrajung Memorial Park
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Charles Street Recreation Reserve
Charlies Street, Loch Sport
Cowwarr Recreation Reserve
2-24 Pine Grove Avenue, Cowwarr
Dargo Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
177 Lind Avenue, Dargo
Denison Recreation Reserve
1422 Sale-Heyfield Road, Denison
Devon North Recreation Reserve
683 Tarra Valley Road, Devon North
Golden Beach (Veronica Maybury) Recreation Reserve
Surf Edge Drive, Golden Beach
Gordon Street Recreation Reserve
Gordon Street, Heyfield
Gormandale Recreation Reserve
14-16 Main Road, Gormandale
Kilmany Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
21 Freshwaters Road, Kilmany
Loch Sport Foreshore Reserve
Lake Street, Loch Sport
Longford Hall and Recreation Reserve
Corner South Gippsland and Longford-Loch Sport Road, Longford
Maffra Recreation Reserve
Corner Edward Street and McLean Street, Maffra
Meerlieu Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
1455 Lindenow-Meerlieu Road, Meerlieu
Nambrok Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
173 Nambrok Hall Road, Nambrok
Newry Community Tennis Courts and Parklands
30 McGole Street, Newry
Newry Recreation Reserve
838 Three Chain Road, Newry
Pine Lodge Reserve
Llowalong Road, Stratford
Port Albert Racecourse and Recreation Reserve
Port Albert - Tarraville Road, Port Albert
Rosedale Racecourse Reserve
10 Evergreen Road, Rosedale
Rosedale Recreation Reserve
Moore Street, Rosedale
Seaspray Foreshore Reserve
Corner Futcher Street and Shoreline Drive, Seaspray
Seaton Hall and Recreation Reserve
1043 Main Street, Seaton
Stradbroke Recreation Reserve and Hall
4971 South Gippsland Highway, Stradbroke
Stratford Recreation Reserve
Wellsford Street, Stratford
Tarraville Recreation Reserve
9 Bridge Street, Tarraville
Won Wron Recreation Reserve
4706 Hyland Hwy, Won Wron
Woodside Recreation Reserve
4-18 High Street, Woodside
Yarram Recreation Reserve
50 Railway Avenue, Yarram
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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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2020 Minutes and Agendas

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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

2019 Minutes and Agendas

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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

2018 Minutes and Agendas

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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

2017 Minutes and Agendas

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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

2016 Minutes and Agendas

No items found.

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

2015 Minutes and Agendas

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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

2014 Minutes and Agendas

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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

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