Serious Misconduct or Corruption

Protected Disclosures Statement under the Protected Disclosure Act 2012 (Vic)

Complaints about certain serious misconduct or corruption involving public health services in Victoria can be made directly to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC).

Protected Disclosures about Bendigo Health can be made to IBAC orally or in writing and may be made anonymously.  IBAC’s website contains information about how to make a Protected Disclosure.

IBAC’s contact details are:  Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission

Ph:         1300 735 135

Fax:        (03) 8635 6444

Post:      IBAC, GPO Box 24234, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Website: www.ibac.vic.gov.au

Bendigo Health has policies and protocols in place to ensure all employees and public officers know that it is an offence for a person to take, incite, or to threaten detrimental action against any person because of, or because of a substantial belief that:

  1. The other person or anyone else has made, or intends to make, a protected disclosure; or
  2. The other person or anyone else has cooperated, or intends to cooperate, with an investigation of a protected disclosure.

 Detrimental action includes:

  • action causing injury, loss or damage;
  • intimidation or harassment; and
  • discrimination, disadvantage or adverse treatment in relation to a person’s employment, career, profession, trade or business, including the taking of disciplinary action.

Through Bendigo Health’s policies and protocols, all employees and officers are aware that taking or threatening to take detrimental action may constitute a criminal offence and that fines, imprisonment and damages awards may apply.

A person who reports actual or threatened detrimental action to a staff member or officer of Bendigo Health will be instructed to report the matter directly to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC).

Bendigo Health has protocols in place to ensure that all staff and public officers comply with the confidentiality provisions of the Protected Disclosure Act 2012 and are aware that a breach of confidentiality may result in criminal penalties.