The Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001 (Vic) became law in Victoria on 1 January 2002. It is designed to protect the public interest by:
- exposing serious public sector wrongdoing
- ensuring that public organisations are responsible and accountable.
The purpose of the Act is to:
- promote a culture in which whistleblowers feel safe to make a disclosure
- protect people who disclose information about serious wrongdoing within the public sector from recrimination or other adverse consequences
- provide a framework for investigating disclosed matters
- ensure that investigated matters are properly dealt with
Statement of support to whistleblowers
The Library is committed to the aims and objectives of the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001. It does not tolerate improper conduct by its employees, officers or members, nor the taking of reprisals against those who come forward to disclose such conduct.
The Library recognises the value of transparency and accountability in its administrative and management practices, and supports the making of disclosures that reveal corrupt conduct, conduct involving a substantial mismanagement of public resources, or conduct involving a substantial risk to public health and safety or the environment.
The Library will take all reasonable steps to protect people who make such disclosures from any detrimental action in reprisal for making the disclosure. It will also afford natural justice to the person who is the subject of the disclosure.
Procedures relating to the Act
The Library has established a system for reporting disclosures of improper conduct or detrimental action by the Library or its employees. The system enables such disclosures to be made to the protected disclosure coordinator or to the nominated protected disclosure officer. Disclosures may be made by employees or by members of the public.
Disclosures of improper conduct or detrimental action by the Library or its employees, may be made to the following officers:
Protected Disclosure Officer
State Library of Victoria
Phone 03 8664 7511
Alternatively, a disclosure may be also made directly to the Ombudsman.
Level 22, 459 Collins Street
Melbourne Vic 3000
Phone 1800 806 314