The Whistleblower Protection Act and Fraud & Corruption Reporting

10:00am to 1:00pm

CEOs, Governance Managers, Responsible Officers appointed under the Whistleblower Protection Policy and other Council Officers involved in the consideration of whistleblower and fraud and corruption issues.
Course Overview:
The Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 and the Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993 prescribe requirements regarding the treatment of disclosures of public interest information by councils and council officers. This includes information relating to allegations of corrupt conduct by a public officer that trigger mandatory reporting obligations.  An understanding of this legislative framework is, therefore, essential for all Council officers, particularly those who are in management positions.
This practical and interactive course will:
    - Raise awareness of corruption and corruption risks and the role of Council Officers in recognising and responding to them; and
    - Equip Council officers, including those appointed as Responsible Officers under a Council's Whistleblower Protection Policy, with the necessary knowledge to properly act upon disclosures of public interest information, including those that allege corrupt conduct.

In particular, the course will address the following:
    - The relevance of and interaction between the Whistleblowers Protection Act and the ICAC Act in the context of fraud and corruption reporting; and
    - Policy support and reporting procedures consistent with the ICAC Directions and Guidelines;
    - The requirements for managing disclosures of public interest information under the Whistleblowers Protection Act and the role of the informant;
    - The role of the Responsible Officer and his/her obligations under the Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993;
    - Complaint handling, investigation procedures and report preparation; and
    - Managing sensitive information including OHS&W considerations and the potential impacts of a disclosure on the Responsible Officers and the informant.
Please note: this training is also being offered via webinar. To register for the webinar please contact Emma Urvan at emma.urvan@lga.sa.gov.au or at 8224 2035

Felice D'Agostino - Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Felice D’Agostino has over 10 years experience assisting and providing advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving  statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration,  freedom of information, and regulatory and enforcement.