Protected disclosures

The Protected Disclosure Act 2012 aims to ensure openness and accountability by encouraging people to make disclosures about improper conduct within the public sector, and protecting them when they do.

We are committed to the aims and objectives of the Act and do not accept improper conduct by the organisation, its employees or Councillors.

We encourage the reporting of known or suspected incidences of corrupt or improper conduct and will take all reasonable steps to protect people who make such disclosures from any detrimental action in reprisal for making the disclosure.

The Protected Disclosure Act 2012 replaced the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001 on 10 February 2013.

Who can make a protected disclosure?

Any individual (or a group of individuals) that has reasonable grounds to believe that improper or corrupt conduct has occurred, can make a disclosure.

What can be disclosed?

A disclosure may be made about improper conduct by Councillors and Council employees, including the taking of detrimental action in reprisal against persons who come forward to report such improper conduct.

The conduct or action being disclosed may be one which has taken place, is still occurring, or is believed is intended to be taken or engaged in. The disclosure need not necessarily identify the person or organisation complained about.

A complaint or allegation that is already publically known is not usually considered a protected disclosure.

What is improper conduct?

Improper conduct means corrupt conduct or specified conduct. A full definition of improper conduct is detailed in our Protected Disclosure Procedures (docx, 104KB).

How to make a Protected Disclosure

Disclosures relating to Council employees

Disclosures regarding Moonee Valley City Council employees should be made to Gail Conman, Director City Services, in one of the following ways:

  • By telephone: 9243 8857
  • By email: gconman@mvcc.vic.gov.au
  • In person: visit the Civic Centre, 9 Kellaway Avenue, Moonee Ponds
  • In writing: ‘Protected Disclosure’ or ‘Confidential’
    and marked: Gail Conman
    Director City Services
    Moonee Valley City Council
    PO Box 126
    Moonee Ponds, VIC 3039

In the Coordinator’s absence please contact Bryan Lancaster, Protected Disclosure Officer, on 9243 8713.

Disclosures relating to Councillors

Disclosures regarding Moonee Valley Councillors are to be made directly to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) as follows:

  • By telephone: 1300 735 135
  • Online: www.ibac.vic.gov.au
  • In person: Level 1, North Tower, 459 Collins Street, Melbourne
  • In writing: IBAC  
    GPO Box 24234
    Melbourne VIC 3000

Confidentiality and protection

Disclosures can be made anonymously. We will ensure the identity of a discloser and the contents of that disclosure are kept strictly confidential.

In appropriate circumstances, a suitable welfare manager will be appointed to protect a discloser.

Next steps

If the disclosure is considered to be a protected disclosure, the person making the complaint will be kept informed of action taken in relation to his or her disclosure, and the time frames that apply.

If the disclosure is not considered to be a protected disclosure, then consideration will be given as to whether it should be treated as a complaint, notification or referral to Council in accordance with any other laws or internal policies and procedures.

Further information

Want to know more? Please access our comprehensive Protected Disclosure Procedure (docx, 104KB) for detailed information. 

Last updated: Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 4:52 AM