The Protected Disclosure Act 2012 (the Act) encourages and facilitates making disclosures of improper conduct by public bodies or public sector employees, and protects people making disclosures.
The State Revenue Office, which values transparency and accountability, does not tolerate improper or corrupt conduct and is committed to the Act's aims and objectives.
We support the making of disclosures revealing improper conduct and will take all reasonable steps to protect people making disclosures from any detrimental action in reprisal. We are also committed to affording natural justice to the person subject of the disclosure.
What is improper conduct?
Improper conduct is defined in section 4 of the Act and includes corrupt conduct (explained below) or specified conduct, which is conduct that is not corrupt but if proven would constitute a criminal offence or reasonable grounds for dismissal.
What is corrupt conduct?
Corrupt conduct is defined in the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011 as conduct:
- Of any person adversely affecting the honest performance by a public officer or public body of their functions.
- Of a public officer or public body constituting or involving the dishonest performance of their functions.
- Of a public officer or public body constituting or involving knowingly or recklessly breaching public trust.
- Of a public officer or public body involving the misuse of information or material acquired in the course of the performance of their functions, whether or not for the benefit of the public officer or public body or any other person.
- Of a person intended to adversely affect the effective performance or exercise by a public officer or public body of their functions or powers and resulting in the first mentioned person or his or her associate obtaining certain benefits that they would not have otherwise obtained.
- That could constitute a conspiracy or an attempt to engage in any of the above corrupt conduct.
The conduct must be serious enough that if proven it would constitute an indictable offence, perverting or attempting to pervert the course of justice, bribery of a public official or misconduct in public office.
Victorian public sector bodies include government departments and statutory authorities, Victoria Police, local councils, schools and universities, public hospitals, members of parliament, judges and magistrates.
How do I make a disclosure?
A disclosure of improper conduct or corrupt conduct by the State Revenue Office or its employees should be made directly to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC). The Act does not permit a disclosure of improper conduct to be made directly to us.
Our procedures for managing protected disclosures
Once we have been notified by IBAC about a protected disclosure investigation, we take all reasonable steps to protect the discloser from reprisal and manage their welfare. For more information, download our Procedures for Protected Disclosure.
For more information about protected disclosures, please contact:
Protected Disclosure Coordinator Paula Thorne,
Executive Director, Policy, Advisory and Legal Services,
State Revenue Office
GPO Box 1641
Melbourne VIC 3001
Phone (03) 9628 6105