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Whistleblowers Australia


Whistleblowers Australia Inc. is an association for those who have exposed corruption or any form of malpractice, especially if they were then hindered or abused, and for those who are thinking of exposing it or who wish to support those who are doing so.

Please use the link at the left for contact information, or scroll down for membership details.

Visit our sister website: Whistleblowers Australia
The sister site is maintained by Dr Brian Martin (Vice President and International Director). It holds a great deal of information on whistleblowing and our organisation, including our publication, The Whistle. (The site should open in a new window.)

2010 Conference and AGM
Watchdogs and Whistleblowers
Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 November 2010 (workshops on 25 & 26 November)

This year the conference and AGM will be held in Brisbane. Details may be found on our flyer (right-click and save on your computer): ConferenceFlyerPublicII.pdf. Members of Whistleblowers Australia and those who wish to join should contact us ASAP for members' rates and for the details of the AGM, which is to be held on Sunday 28 November. To register, please call our Treasurer, Feliks Perera, whose details are on our contacts page, or email us and we'll forward your email.


Whistleblowers


A person is a whistleblower by her/his actions and does not need to be registered or identified with any organisation.

The goal of Whistleblowers Australia (WBA) is to help promote a society in which it is possible to speak out without reprisal about corruption, dangers to the public and environment, and other vital social issues, and to help those who speak out in this way to help themselves.
WBA uses two main approaches to achieve this goal. The first is to encourage self-help and mutual help among whistleblowers, and the second is to support campaigns on specific issues.


Self-help and mutual help

The best ways for whistleblowers to succeed in their own efforts is for them to develop their own skills and understanding and to exchange insights with others in similar situations. WBA facilitates self-help by providing articles and leaflets to whistleblowers and by publishing a newsletter. The organisation facilitates mutual help by holding meetings of  whistleblowers and supporters, and by providing contacts with like-minded individuals and groups.

Campaigns

WBA supports initiatives and ongoing efforts to create a culture where people can speak out without reprisal. Some campaigns are the following:
  • Whistleblower legislation. Whistleblowers can be protected by laws against reprisals. In 1996 there were five whistleblower acts in Australia, with no conformity between them. All have severe flaws and have been criticised by whistleblower organisations. One problem is that they provide no protection against attacks in the first place.
  • Free speech for employees. Repressive legislation and bureaucracies inhibit many workers from making disclosures. This legislation needs to be repealed. The right of private sector employees to speak out on issues of social importance also needs to be promoted.

The Organisation
 
WBA began as Whistleblowers Anonymous in 1991, and was incorporated is its present form in 1993. Membership is open to anyone who supports the goals of the organisation. Members include charity workers,  church employees, corporate employees, doctors, police, public servants, researchers, teachers and concerned citizens in  general.
 WBA has a committee or contact in each state, plus a national committee. Some of the state committees organise regular meetings for whistleblower self-help and mutual help. The national committee maintains links between state groups, handles memberships, produces a newsletter and helps promote campaigns.
In the few years since it was set up, WBA has accomplished a great deal. It has promoted whistleblower legislation, called for royal commissions into corruption and generally given whistleblowing a much higher profile. Just as important is its quiet work in supporting individual whistleblowers. It provides enormous benefits from shared expertise, moral support, access to research, and links to relevant networks.
 Nevertheless, there are limits to what WBA can do. It does not normally act as an advocate for individual whistleblowers. It has only minimal funds obtained from memberships. All committee members act on a voluntary basis. Unfortunately, WBA does not have the resources to campaign on any individual's behalf. What WBA can do is provide information and contacts so that whistleblowers and their supporters can become more effective in achieving their own goals.

Unauthorised News Releases in the Name of Whistleblowers Australia, Inc.

Readers should note the following Policy on News Releases, Comment to Media, etc. that was passed as a motion at the AGM on 1 December, 1996, in Sydney:

Any member of the national executive can issue a news release or comment to the media. In normal circumstances, news releases should be checked first with another member of the executive, typically the president, vice-president or director. In all cases, approval should be sought in advance from anyone whose name is given in a release. The same sort of policy should be followed by branches, with variations depending on branch structure.

At present, there is no State Branch or media office in Victoria, although WBA does have contacts in that State. Only approved news releases may be considered to be genuine news releases from Whistleblowers Australia. The current office-bearers on the National Committee may be found on the following page: http://www.uow.edu.au/arts/sts/bmartin/dissent/contacts/au_wba/committee.html.  (This link should open in a new page; if it does not, you may need to change your browser setting or right-click the link and select the menu option to do so.)

Membership

Membership of Whistleblowers Australia costs $25 per annum. Here is a link to the application form.
Membership includes a subscription to our newsletter, The Whistle.
Associate Membership is also available for $12 per annum to people on low incomes. (Excludes The Whistle.)

The activities of Whistleblowers Australia Inc. depend on voluntary work by members and supporters. We value the ideas, time, expertise and involvement of our members and supporters.
Whistleblowers Australia is funded entirely from membership fees, donations and bequests.

This site is maintained by the NSW Branch of Whistleblowers Australia.

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Disclaimer: All material on this site expresses the opinion of the author/s of the material and is not to be regarded as full and complete. Published material does not represent the opinions or views of Whistleblowers Australia Inc. or individual members of WBA unless expressly stated. Whistleblowers Australia Inc. and its branches are not responsible for material on other sites.

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