Last chance to participate in whistleblowing study
The Australian Government has recently introduced legislation to enhance whistleblower protections. Given that some of the world’s largest corruption investigations over the last decade have been instigated by information provided by whistleblowers, federal legislation and internal policies need to be more comprehensive in order to encourage employees to come forward with information concerning public interest wrongdoing.
Griffith University, together with a consortium of partner organisations (including Governance Institute) is seeking additional survey participants for their three-year research project to assess organisational responses to whistleblowing in the public and private sectors.
The Whistling While They Work 2 research project, led by Professor AJ Brown, is gathering data from individuals and organisations in Australia and New Zealand with an expectation of informing internal and external reform of whistleblowing practices.
Over 700 organisations have already participated in the first phase of the project and preliminary findings show that 90 per cent of organisations have some process in place for ensuring appropriate investigations and management action in response to wrongdoing concerns. However, 23 per cent have no particular support strategy in place and over 80 per cent have no process for providing compensation or restitution.
The results of this survey will offer the organisations involved a unique insight into the experience of those managing and reporting wrongdoing within their organisation. Practical advice will also be available in the form of reports on how to address any issues or concerns found in the results.
In the context of these historic reform opportunities, there has never been a better time for organisations to participate — and it is your last chance! Participation in Integrity@WERQ closes on Friday, 27 April 2018.