Whistleblowers

Disclosure of Information 

The Barossa Council is committed to upholding the principles of transparency and accountability in its administrative and management practices and, therefore through its Whistleblowers Protection Policy, encourages the making of disclosures that reveal Public Interest information. 

Public Interest information is that which tends to show that a public officer (Elected Member or an officer or employee) or the Council is or has been involved:

  • In an illegal activity
  • In an irregular and unauthorised use of public money
  • In an irregular and unauthorised use of public money
  • In substantial mismanagement of public resources
  • In conduct that causes a substantial risk to public health or safety or to the environment
  • In maladministration including impropriety or negligence in relation to the performance of their official functions.

The person who makes such a disclosure is known as a Whistleblower. Disclosures may be made by Elected Members, staff members, committee members, or members of the public as long as there are sufficient grounds to believe that improper or corrupt conduct has occurred. Disclosures must also be made to an Appropriate Authority.

Council does not tolerate conduct deemed improper by the Act by its Members, Employees or Volunteers; nor reprisals against those who come forward to disclose such conduct. The Council will take all reasonable steps to protect from any detrimental action those individuals who make disclosures regarding corrupt or improper conduct. It will also afford procedural fairness to the person who is the subject of the disclosure.

You can make a disclosure to an Appropriate Authority within Council, by confidentially contacting one of Council’s three Responsible Officers – the Director of Corporate and Community Services or the Manager Operations or the Governance Advisor  on (08) 8563 8444. The Responsible Officer will advise you of the process and protections available.

Alternatively you can read about the process here: Whistleblower Protection - Blowing the Whistle Process