The University is committed to the highest standards of ethics and integrity in our organisation and in the delivery of our mission, including in our research, teaching and administration activities. We understand this is crucial to our continued success and reputation.

The University’s Whistleblower Protection Policy is an important instrument in detecting corrupt, illegal or other undesirable conduct at the University, including but not limited to, theft, fraud, bribery, collusion, conflicts of interest, victimisation, misuse of systems or university resources, and serious systemic breaches of University policy. The University strongly encourages you to speak up if you suspect or witness any matters of concern.

The Whistleblower Protection Policy explains who can report conduct under the policy, the protections available to whistleblowers, what matters are reportable, how you can report your concern without fear of victimisation or detriment, and how the University will support and protect you. You can report a matter anonymously.

Reports can be made to the University’s confidential and secure Whistleblowing Portal You can also report whistleblowing matters directly to a select number of senior leaders in the organisation and the Whistleblower Disclosure Coordinator. Please refer to the Whistleblower Protection Policy for more details about who can receive a report.

External Disclosures

While the University encourages individuals to make disclosures under the Whistleblower Protection Policy, a person may also choose to report directly to a regulator. In Australia, the ATO (Australian Tax Office), ASIC (Australian Securities and Investments Commission) and APRA (Australian Prudential Regulation Authority) can receive whistleblower disclosures.

Additionally, anyone can make a disclosure about the University directly to IBAC (Independent Broad Based Anti-Corruption Commission). Information about what can be reported, what happens if you make a report to IBAC and what protections may be available is available from the IBAC website. You may wish to obtain independent legal advice on the requirements for these types of disclosures.

For more information, you can access the policy in full: Whistleblower Protection Policy.

Whistleblowing is the act of a disclosing or exposing potentially non-compliant, fraudulent, corrupt, unethical, or illegal activity about an organisation or its employees under whistleblowing protection laws. To determine if you are eligible to make a whistleblower disclosure to the University, please refer to the Whistleblower Protection Policy. If after reviewing the policy you are unsure of your eligibility, you can submit your disclosure to the University via the confidential Whistleblower Portal Please refer to ‘How to make a whistleblower disclosure’ below.

All Whistleblower reports received by the University are handled in accordance with the University's Whistleblower Protection Policy. The University's Protection of Information and Investigation Procedure outlines in further detail how whistleblower reports are handled and investigated.

Please refer to the Privacy Collection Notice for the Whistleblower Portal for further detail on how your personal information is handled and protected in making a whistleblower report.

The University has introduced a secure, confidential third-party portal   to support eligible disclosures in the University community to make a disclosure.

The Whistleblower Portal is supported by Elker, a third-party platform. It offers benefits including the option to be anonymous or identifiable as a discloser, selection of a preferred University whistleblower contact, and a two-way encrypted chat function. The portal is an opportunity for the University to provide more robust support to those who wish to make a whistleblower disclosure under the University’s Whistleblower Protection Policy and Commonwealth legislation.

Before making a disclosure, you are encouraged to familiarise yourself with the Whistleblower Protection Policy, appropriate legislative framework, eligibility, and FAQs available on this information page.

Frequently Asked Questions