Demands are growing for strong public accountability.
For decades, Australian journalists have uncovered truth and aided the quest for good governance around the world – “telling it like it is” with the frankness that makes Australians so well-loved in so many nations.
With new legislation coming into force, now’s the time to learn more about its protections for private sector whistleblowers.
A 7-point plan for restoring public confidence in Commonwealth whistleblower protection.
TIA welcomes urgently needed amendments to Australia’s corporate whistleblower protection laws, due for debate in the Senate today, and calls on all parties to bring on the debate and support their passage.
This Index assesses businesses on how transparent they are in their political engagement – including donations to political parties, lobbying of those in power, the revolving door, public commitment to ethical behaviour and the overall transparency of this information. While focused on the UK, it provides useful guidance on principles for responsible political engagement.
We have for many years supported a compelling need for change and improvement in the whistleblower area. Allegations of serious corruption and wrongdoing, more often than not, come from within an organisation or from sources closely associated with an organisation. The need for adequate protection is an urgent priority.
While many of the amendments represent positive steps towards implementation of TI Australia’s previous submissions as well as the recommendations of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services (which we broadly support), many amendments are inconsistent with those recommendations.
We want to ensure public interest whistleblowing is facilitated, protected and acted on in Australia – as a key plank of corruption detection and resilience for organisations and employees alike, across the public, business and civil society sectors.
The business case for companies to adopt robust internal reporting mechanisms is clear. Such mechanisms enable staff to speak up about legal or ethical misconduct. They help protect companies from the effects of misconduct, including legal liability, serious financial losses and lasting reputational harm. Effective internal reporting mechanisms also foster a corporate culture of trust and responsiveness. Companies have found that such mechanisms provide real benefits to their culture, brand, long-term value creation and growth.