The whistleblower protection regime
Our team of commercial lawyers provide whistleblower policy advice and support legal compliance with Australia’s 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 laws affect all companies in Australia. This includes not-for-profit organisations, along with certain other organisations such as incorporated associations, 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 need to have a compliant whistleblower policy.
Although other entities subject to the whistleblower protection regime are not strictly required to have whistleblower policies, it is very difficult to comply with the regime without having a policy in place.
Further, even organisations with existing whistleblower policies have since had to update policies and procedures to comply with the legislation.
There are severe financial and criminal penalties for organisations and individuals found to breach the whistleblower protection regime.
Whistleblower protection advice and training from experienced commercial lawyers
When acting on behalf of your business, our focus is on delivering practical outcomes in the event of whistleblower reports or whistleblower protection issues. This includes:
- 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 and comply with the whistleblower protection regime.
For advice on the whistleblower protection regime, whistleblower reports or whistleblower policy development, contact us on (07) 3231 2444.