NEW Law – Whistleblower legislation

On 13 November 2019, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) released its updated regulatory guidelines on whistleblower policies and what it expects a policy to contain.

ASIC requires that a whistleblower policy include:

  • detail on who can make a disclosure both internally and externally;
  • the types of wrongdoing that can be disclosed;
  • details on how disclosures can be made and to whom;
  • a statement on the legal protections available to whistleblowers including:
      • how the organisation will protect a whistleblower’s identity;
      • the protection of a whistleblower from detriment;
      • civil, criminal and administrative liability protections available;
    • compensation and remedies;
  • details on how disclosures made by whistleblower will be investigated;
  • details on how an organisation will support and ensure fair treatment of employees who are mentioned in disclosures; and
  • how the policy will be accessible within and outside the organisation.

In addition to ensuring a policy is in place, we also recommend that organisations:

  • train their staff on how to deal with whistleblower complaints; and
  • consider what changes should be made to existing policies and procedures to bring them in line with the whistleblower provisions. This is a great opportunity to review codes of conduct and complaints policies.

ASIC have enforcement powers and will conduct surveillance periodically post January 2020 to ensure compliance with obligations. Now is the time to get your policy in place. We can help you by contacting us here.

The Australian Sports Commission – Mandatory Governance Principles

The Australian Sports Commission (the ASC) released the Sports Governance Principles in 2002 (revised in 2007 and 2012) as a response to the increased importance of governance practices in the performance of sporting organisations. In 2013, seven highest funded sports were required to comply with the Mandatory Sports Governance Principles (the Principles). In 2015 the …
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Duties and Obligations for Charities

The introduction of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission Act (ACNC Act) and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission Regulations (ACNC Regulations) on 3 December 2012 changed both directors and company obligations for charities in Australia. The ACNC Act established the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) which has largely replaced the Australian Securities and …
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