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Whistleblowing Policy and Implementation: A Practical Guide

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Key Learning Objectives

  • Ensure your organization is ready for Australia’s new corporate law requirements starting from January 1, 2020
  • Acquire the tools to understand whistleblowing as a policy and practical issue
  • Design, implement, monitor and improve whistleblowing policies and processes for your organization using best practice principles
  • Identify the key features of different forms of whistleblowing and other wrongdoing reporting
  • Undertake practical exercises and case studies to strengthen your knowledge of whistleblowing policy and understand successful organizational approaches

About the Course

The course equips professionals and organisations with a full understanding of the key elements of any whistleblowing policy or program — including the crucial objective of supporting and protecting employees who speak up.

Whistleblowing or ‘speak up’ programs are central to maintaining integrity and controlling corruption and other wrongdoing — within organisations and across whole governments and societies. With Australia’s new Corporations Act whistleblowing protections having commenced on 1 July 2019, and requirements for all large and public companies to have detailed whistleblowing policies in place by 1 January 2020, now is the time to develop or update a best practice program.

Drawing on the latest research from the Griffith University-led ‘Whistling While They Work’ research program, supported by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission and a wide range of public integrity bodies, the course will assist your organisation to design and implement a policy in which ‘speaking up’ is properly embedded in your compliance systems and wider program of ethical leadership and improved organisational culture, not just as a ‘stand-alone’ or ‘off-the-shelf’ policy.

The course also helps senior managers, in-house counsel, policy makers and integrity and anti-corruption professionals fully understand the role of whistleblowing, and its management, in our fast changing regulatory and integrity landscapes.

Who Will Benefit

This course equips organisational leaders, compliance staff, corporate services professionals, human resource managers, governance and integrity practitioners with the tools to understand whistleblowing as a policy and practical issue.

The course is suitable for any professional interested in or responsibility for organisational governance or integrity, or wider research or policy interest in whistleblowing and wrongdoing reporting systems. It has been specifically designed for those responsible for updating, evaluating or establishing whistleblowing policies in their own organisation in light of changing regulatory requirements, (or under public sector whistleblower protection regimes) — but will also be of interest to other professionals and integrity policy practitioners.


Introduction: what is whistleblowing?

  • History, policy and significance of whistleblowing
  • Definitions: ‘public interest disclosure’, ‘speaking up’, ‘raising concerns’
  • International and national political and law reform trends

Organisational whistleblowing policies – entering the new era

  • Compliance: key legislation
  • Private sector (Corporations Act) and public sector requirements
  • An overview: whistleblowing and ethical culture
  • Designing your policy / assessing your organisation’s needs

What makes the difference? Understanding the ingredients of successful organisational approaches

  • Lessons from the Whistling While They Work 2 research
  • Facilitating, investigating, protecting

The objectives and content of a whistleblowing policy

  • Group Exercise

Assessing & managing risks of detrimental action

  • Knowing what constitute detrimental acts and omissions
  • Australia’s new duty to prevent detrimental action – getting it right and avoiding liability
  • Triaging and managing complex situations

Supporting reporters – managerial and organisational roles

  • Lessons from the Whistling While They Work 2 research
  • Lessons from practice

On-site & in-house training

Deliver this course how you want, where you want, when you want – and save up to 40%! 8+ employees seeking training on the same topic?

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