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Freedom of Information, Privacy Protection & Public Interest Disclosures in the Northern Territory : annual report 2011-2012

Details:

Title

Freedom of Information, Privacy Protection & Public Interest Disclosures in the Northern Territory : annual report 2011-2012

Other title

Commissioner for Information and Public Interest Disclosures annual report 2011 - 12

Creator

Northern Territory. Commissioner for Information and Public Interest Disclosures

Collection

E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Commissioner for Information and Public Interest Disclosures annual report; Annual Report

Date

2012-09-30

Notes

Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Language

English

Subject

Whistle blowing; Law and Legislation; Annual report; Periodicals

Publisher name

Northern Territory Government

Place of publication

Darwin

Series

Commissioner for Information and Public Interest Disclosures annual report; Annual Report

Volume

2011/12

Previously known as

Office of the Information Commissioner

File type

application/pdf

Use

Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Northern Territory Government

License

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/243418

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/603229

Page content

Page 20 3. Other functions of the Commissioner for Public Interest Disclosures 3.1. Protecting and supporting disclosers Although disclosers vary in their reasons for reporting their concerns about improper conduct in the workplace, two things are clear. The vast majority who contact this Office are very aware of the importance of the step they are taking and many find the ordeal of being a whistleblower extremely stressful. In order to create an environment supportive of whistleblowing and whistleblowers, disclosers need: a confidence that the organisation expects such concerns to be reported and that it is their ethical duty to do so; a belief that they are serving some good purpose because action will be taken if their concerns are well founded; knowledge that they will be protected and that they will not become a victim through the process; and access to information about how best to report their concerns. In order to protect and support disclosers, this Office: treats disclosers with respect, takes the time to listen to their concerns, and provides them with relevant information about protection and support available to them; tries to ensure that the discloser remains anonymous if possible and makes sure they are aware of their legislative protections if anonymity is not an option; encourages disclosers to seek support and assistance from other bodies (such as counselling from EASA and similar services, medical and legal advice) as required; and provides advice and guidance to public bodies to assist them in properly supporting the discloser. 3.2. Guidelines Section 47 of the Act provides that the Commissioner must prepare and publish guidelines about: dealing with public interest disclosures, including investigating the disclosures; and protecting a discloser from an act of reprisal, including the steps to be taken within a public body for that purpose. The Commissioners Guidelines are published online at www.blowthewhistle.nt.gov.au. The Guidelines are updated from time to time as required.


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