All members of the University community, including officers, employees, students, contractors, volunteers and visitors should report conduct that is against the University's or the public interest and will receive protection as whistleblowers in accordance with the University’s Whistleblower Statement and Procedures and the Whistleblower Protection Act 1993 (SA).
The University’s Whistleblower Statement and Procedures work with the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 (the ICAC Act) and state that;
‘The intent of the ICAC Act is to treat the University as a Public Authority and all officers, contractors and employees of the University as public officers within the meaning of the Act. This means that the University and all officers, contractors and employees, of the University have an obligation to report corruption, or misconduct or maladministration that is serious or systemic to the Office for Public Integrity if they become aware of it.’
Under the ICAC Act it is mandatory for University officers, employees or contractors to report acts or behaviour that they reasonably suspect constitutes corruption and ‘serious or systemic’ misconduct or maladministration in relation to the University’s operations to the Office of Public Integrity (OPI).
Whistleblowers are offered certain protections under the Whistleblower Protection Act 1993 (SA) when they make appropriate disclosures of information that is in the public interest.
The University’s Whistleblower Statement and Procedures details legislative context and protections, external points of contact and reportable conduct.
The website for the Office for Public Integrity (Independent Commission against Corruption) details the reporting process at www.icac.sa.gov.au.
Flinders University has developed procedures to ensure that persons who may be fearful of coming forward with information are reassured that:
- their identity will be kept confidential
- they will be protected from victimisation or reprisal.
These procedures include a Whistleblower Co-ordination Officer and an independent whistleblower service provider where you can register your concerns online.
Suspected instances of corruption and 'serious or systemic' misconduct or maladministration must be reported to the Office of Public Integrity.
Protected disclosure form (Quote Flinders University ID: FUSA1966)