Protected disclosures

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation is committed to the aims and objectives of the Protected Disclosures Act 2012 (the Act). It does not tolerate improper conduct by its staff, including corrupt conduct, or the taking of reprisals against those who come forward to disclose such conduct.

What does the Protected Disclosures Act do?

The Act is designed to protect people (also known as disclosers) who disclose information about improper conduct within the Victorian public sector. The Act provides a framework for the investigation of these matters.

Under the Act, disclosers can make a protected disclosure about improper conduct without fear of reprisal. The Act provides certain legal protections that prevent their identity being revealed as well as any disclosure of content, unless the disclosure is done under certain specified circumstances.

What is improper conduct?

Improper conduct is defined in the Act to mean corrupt conduct or specified conduct that is outside 'corrupt conduct’, which includes:

  • a substantial mismanagement of public resources

or

  • a substantial risk to public health or safety

or

  • a substantial risk to the environment.

The conduct must be serious enough that if proven would constitute a criminal offence or reasonable grounds for dismissal.

What is corrupt conduct?

The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011 sets out corrupt conduct as conduct of any:

  • person that adversely affects the honest performance by a public officer or public body of their functions
  • public officer or public body that constitutes or involves the dishonest performance of their functions
  • public officer or public body that knowingly or recklessly breaches public trust
  • public officer or public body that involves the misuse of information or material acquired in the course of the performance of their role or function, whether or not for the benefit of the public body or person
  • public officer or public body who conspires or attempts to engage in the above corrupt activity.

The conduct must, if the facts were found proved beyond reasonable doubt at a trial, constitute an indictable offence.

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?

If you wish to disclose that the foundation (or its staff including Board members, employees and contractors) has engaged in corrupt conduct, please make the disclosure to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) directly.

Procedures for Protected Disclosure Management

Where IBAC notifies the foundation (usually the chief executive officer or the legal counsel) about a protected disclosure investigation, the foundation will take all reasonable steps to protect the discloser from reprisal and provide welfare management. For more information, download the Department of Justice and Regulation’s guide Making and handling protected disclosures

More information

For further information about protected disclosures, please contact the foundation’s General Counsel by email tanya.fletcher@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au or phone on (03) 9452 2612

The foundation's 2015–16 annual report was tabled in the Victorian Parliament on Thursday 27 October 2016.

Read the report (PDF, 2.7MB)