The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) is committed to the aims and objectives of the Protected Disclosures Act 2012 (the Act). It does not tolerate improper conduct by its staff, including corrupt conduct, or the taking of reprisals against those who come forward to disclose such conduct.
The Act is designed to protect people (known as disclosers and who are commonly referred to as 'whistleblowers') who disclose information about improper conduct within the Victorian public sector. The Act provides a framework for the investigation of these matters.
Under the Act, disclosers can make a protected disclosure about improper conduct without fear of reprisal. The Act provides certain legal protections that prevent their identity being revealed as well as any disclosure of content, unless the disclosure is done under certain specified circumstances.
Improper conduct is defined in the Act to mean corrupt conduct or specified conduct that is outside 'corrupt conduct', which includes:
The conduct must be serious enough that if proven would constitute a criminal offence or reasonable grounds for dismissal.
The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011 sets out corrupt conduct as conduct of any:
The conduct must, if the facts were found proved beyond reasonable doubt at a trial, constitute an indictable offence.
Victorian public sector bodies include:
If you wish to disclose that the VCGLR (or its staff including Commissioners, employees and contractors) has engaged in corrupt conduct, please make the disclosure to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) directly.
Where IBAC notifies the VCGLR (usually the Chief Executive Officer or the General Counsel) about a protected disclosure investigation, the VCGLR will take all reasonable steps to protect the discloser from reprisal and provide welfare management. For more information, download the VCGLR Procedures for Protected Disclosure Management (PDF, 196.82 KB) (PDF, 183KB).
For further information about protected disclosures, please contact the VCGLR's Acting General Counsel by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on (03) 9098 5359.