Awareness and prevention
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.
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.
Improper conduct is defined in the Act to mean corrupt conduct or specified conduct that is outside 'corrupt conduct’, which includes:
The conduct must be serious enough that if proven would constitute a criminal offence or reasonable grounds for dismissal.
The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011 sets out corrupt conduct as conduct of any:
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.
Disclosures about the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation or its employees can be made directly to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) or to the Department of Justice and Regulation’s Protected Disclosure Coordinator and to other specified officers in the department. Disclosures may also be made to the Victorian Ombudsman.
Protected Disclosure Coordinator
Telephone: 03 8684 0090
Deputy Protected Disclosure Coordinator
Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC)
Telephone: 1300 735 135