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Standards, Policies and Procedures


Australian Standard (AS 8004-2003)

This is a standard for the implementation and handling of whistleblowing schemes by private sector organizations; it was developed and published by Standards Australia. Refer to  http://www.standards.com.au/.

For general information about AS8004-2003 and protections for whistleblowers under the Corporations Act, go to http://www.asic.gov.au/asic/.

 

State Public-Interest Disclosure Guidelines

The Guidelines describe model policies & procedures for the handling of public interest disclosures under the Protected Disclosures Act 1994 and were developed and published by the NSW Ombudsman. A current copy of the policies & procedures is available at http://www.ombo.nsw.gov.au/.

Similar guidelines are available in each territory or state. To locate these, search for 'ombudsman' and follow the prompts.

 

Federal Public Interest Disclosures Guidelines

This contains model policies and procedures for the handling of public-interest and other complaints that were developed and published by the Commonwealth Ombudsman in its "Better Practice Guide to Complaint Handling". It is are available at http://www.ombudsman.gov.au/pages/publications-and-media/better-practice-guides/.

In the absence of federal whistleblower-protection laws, many government agencies and authorities have developed internal workplace policies and procedures or other instruments for the handling of public-interest disclosures (often termed protected disclosures) in line with model policies and procedures and/or existing state laws.  Refer to the relevant instrument or website.

 

Premier and Cabinet: Memorandums and Circulars

This contains memoranda and circulars issued by the Premier in Cabinet (e.g.) in NSW about 'fitness to continue' procedures. You can either browse the memos and circulars by year (from 1990), or search them by document title or body. Searching by title will give fewer, but more accurate results. If you're unable to find what you're looking for, you should then try searching by body.  Other states have similar arrangements: Search the web for the relevant department of premier & cabinet if the links below are no longer current.

NSW: http://www.dpc.nsw.gov.au/publications/memos_and_circulars

Queensland: http://www.premiers.qld.gov.au/publications/categories/policies-and-codes/handbooks.aspx

Victoria: http://www.premiers.qld.gov.au/publications/categories/policies-and-codes/handbooks.aspx

South Australia: http://www.premcab.sa.gov.au/dpc/publications.html

Western Australia: http://www.dpc.wa.gov.au/Publications/PremiersCirculars/

Tasmania: http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/policy/

 

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANCP)

This is a set of ethical guidelines to inform and guide psychiatrists and others on the standards to apply in a therapeutic or medico-legal (forensic) role and function, and on other aspects of professional practice.  Refer to the resources section of http://www.rancp.org.

 

The Australian Psychological Society

This is a set of ethical guidelines to inform and guide psychologists and others on the standards to apply in a therapeutic or medico-legal (forensic) role and function, and on other aspects of professional practice.  Refer to http://www.psychology.org.au.


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