Whistleblower policies and training

Our team provides specialist advice and training in all matters relating to whistleblower policies and compliance with Australia’s new whistleblower protection regime.

We understand the need for clear and straightforward advice to navigate the impacts of the changes brought about by the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2018 on the private sector. These new laws affect all companies in Australia (including not-for profit organisations) along with certain other organisations such as incorporated associates depending on their activities.

Does your organisation have a compliant whistleblower policy?

From 1 January 2020, (subject to limited exceptions) public companies and large proprietary companies in Australia are required to have implemented a compliant whistleblower policy.

Although other entities subject to the whistleblower protection regime are not strictly required to have a whistleblower policy, it would be very difficult to comply with the requirements of the new regime without having a whistleblower policy in place.

Further to this, even organisations with existing whistleblower policies are unlikely to comply with the new legislative requirements and so their policies and procedures should also be updated accordingly.

There are severe financial and criminal penalties for organisations and individuals found to breach the whistleblower protection regime.

Whistleblower protection advice and training offered by Cooper Grace Ward

When acting on behalf of your business, our focus is on delivering practical outcomes in the event of whistleblower reports or whistleblower protection issues, including:

  • assisting with the preparation and implementation of an appropriate whistleblower policy
  • advising on the requirements for responding to a whistleblower report
  • assessing whether any reports received are subject to the whistleblower protection regime
  • providing training to help your organisation understand the whistleblower protection regime.

If your organisation needs advice in relation to whether it is required to comply with the whistleblower protection regime, or how to implement strategies for compliance with the whistleblower protection regime, contact Cooper Grace Ward on (07) 3231 2444.

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