What is a whistleblower?
Whistleblowers make certain wrongdoings known for the benefit of the public. In Queensland, Whistleblowers are protected by law from criminal prosecution or legal action against them.
Who can be a whistleblower?
The Whistleblowers Act protects a Queensland public servant or public sector employee who makes known for the benefit of the public wrongdoings, which occur in their workplace.
The types of wrongdoings that can be made known are:
- substantial waste of public funds
- official misconduct
- maladministration eg illegal or oppressive or improper administrative action.
The act also protects anyone who makes known a significant danger to the health or safety of a person with a disability or anyone who makes known significant dangers to the environment. The act protects the whistleblower from anybody retaliating.
Who should a whistleblower tell?
You should tell somebody in the organisation in which the wrongdoing happened or any member of legislative assembly or the Crime and Misconduct Commission.