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Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012

The Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 (Vic) ensures that people who report improper conduct and corruption in the Victorian public sector can do so knowing they will be protected.

About public interest disclosures

A public interest disclosure is a complaint of corrupt or improper behaviour by a public officer or body.

Protections include keeping the identity of the person reporting improper conduct confidential and protecting them from reprisals including:

  • bullying
  • harassment
  • legal action.

Making a disclosure

Disclosures about Councillors should be made to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC).

All other disclosures can be made to either:

  • IBAC, or
  • direct to Council.

Disclosures to IBAC

For further information and guidance on making or handling a protected disclosure, see the IBAC website or call 1300 735 135 (10am to 4pm Monday-Friday).

Disclosures to Council

Disclosures should be made confidentially to a Protected Disclosures Officer or the Protected Disclosure Coordinator.

Public Interest Coordinator:

Ms Samantha Mazer – Director Knox Central
Email: samantha.mazer@knox.vic.gov.au
Direct phone: 9298 8276

Public Interest Officers:

Mr Phil McQue – Manager Governance
Email: phil.mcque@knox.vic.gov.au
Direct phone: 9298 8204

Mr Andrew Dowling – Coordinator Governance
Email: andrew.dowling@knox.vic.gov.au
Direct phone: 9298 8111

All written correspondence, other than email, should be marked confidential, for the attention of the Public Interest Disclosure Coordinator and posted to Knox City Council, 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South 3152.

Council has detailed procedures to support the reporting of disclosures of improper conduct by Council or our:

  • employees
  • Councillors
  • officers
  • members.

Alternative contacts

Victorian Ombudsman

Level 1, North Tower 459 Collins Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000

Phone Toll free: 1800 806 314 or 9613 6222

Email ombudvic@ombudsman.vic.gov.au

Need help?

Contact us and we will come back to you.

Or call our Governance team on 9298 8000.

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