Executive Summary – Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services, Whistleblower Protections

Executive Summary Effective whistleblowing provides an essential service in fostering integrity and accountability while deterring and exposing misconduct, fraud and corruption. A recent analysis of whistleblower protections across G20 countries found Australia’s laws to be comprehensive for the public sector, but lacking in the private sector. However, the Moss Review

Casual VS Part-time and Full-time employment – What are the key differences you should know?

Casual VS Part-time and Full-time employment what are the key differences you should know? A Casual Employee: Has no guaranteed hours of work Usually works irregular hours (but can work regular hours) Doesn’t get paid sick or annual leave Can end employment without notice, unless notice is required by a

Performance management VS workplace bullying

Performance management and workplace bullying… Many people confuse the two, are you confident you know the difference?   Bullying can take on many forms, and the old-fashioned idea of bullying being solely direct, physical or verbal abuse is exactly that – old fashioned and outdated. In today’s ever changing and

The Importance of Workplace Whistleblowing

Whistleblowing, in its simplest form, is the disclosure of misconduct within the workplace, which can take on the form of mismanagement, corruption, illegal, unethical or other wrongdoing.  Whistleblowing is an essential tool that is necessary within businesses to protect their employees, customers, and their organisation as a whole from these

Workplace Investigations – The Basics

Workplace investigations are commonly undertaken to successfully resolve a complaint or legal claim that has been made within a business.  There are many reasons why an investigation may become necessary, but some examples include the breach of an organisation’s rules or policies, illegal conduct, sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination, theft, fraud,

Should Whistleblowers be Rewarded?

The US government paid a bounty of $5 million ($US3.75 million) to a former employee of Australian mining giant BHP Billiton, as compensation for providing detailed information to US investigators about the mining firm’s overseas activities several years ago. This raises an intriguing question – should whistleblowers be rewarded? There is

Creating an effective Whistleblower Hotline Program

It is very important to have an effective whistleblower hotline program.  Having multiple avenues that an employee or contractor can access the program will only ensure its success.  Reducing the method of reporting to a single channel will ultimately be the failure.  The below article from the Security Magazine clearly

Australia’s New Whistleblower Legislation

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