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We’re on our way to making whistleblower protections more than theoretical

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Whistleblowers are important for maintaining the integrity of government, business and not-for-profit organisations. This is finally being recognised in a report by an important federal parliamentary committee that has recommended comprehensive reforms to protect whistleblowers.

Among the recommendations are protection whether whistleblowers report internally, to regulatory agencies, or publicly (if enforcement agencies fail to act). The report also recommends that whistleblowers should be rewarded, or compensated if they suffer reprisals from their actions.

This shows whistleblower protection is not only about justice, but also how organisations and regulators can best learn they’ve got problems, before they turn into even bigger ones.

The Turnbull government has effectalready committed to the Parliament to introduce these reforms by end of next year, so these far-reaching proposals are not likely to sit on the shelf.

Our latest research, heavily cited by the committee, has already shown how these reforms can help organisations manage whistleblowing better. Often despite best intentions, most organisations are falling down on basic elements of good whistleblowing systems, like providing suitable support, and mechanisms for making it right if employees do suffer damage for reporting.

Since then, we have also surveyed more than 12,000 employees and managers in 38 organisations in the past few........

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