Australia will be shortly introducing the new whistleblower legislation, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2018 With the introduction of the new legislation Australian businesses will be held more accountable for having an existing whistleblower program and one that is implemented and operating correctly.

The latest Bill is still before the Senate (as at 31 January 2019) but it is likely that it will be passed in the very near future and be very likely to be enacted on 1 July 2019.

For many businesses the time frame might be too short if it is left too late to develop and implement a whistleblower and code of conduct policy, but Stopline can assist.  In summary, ASIC states that the whistleblower service must be simple to use and have a number of methods of reporting into the business. Stopline have six methods of reporting for a potential discloser or complainant and all these options are customisable to suit your business.  The methods of reporting include – smart phone APP, email, web portal, telephone, fax and secure mail bag.  These are the minimum reporting lines to make a whistleblower service effective for any business requires.

Stopline also use the National Relay Service (NRS) to assist those with hearing difficulties to contact Stopline and make a report or seek advice.

If you would like some assistance about how to implement a whistleblower hotline service or ethics hotline, we can help – +61 3 9882 4550 or send an email to andrewmcleish@stopline.com.au