The Protected Disclosures Act 2012 (the Act) encourages and facilitates making disclosures of improper conduct by public bodies or public sector employees, and protects persons who make those disclosures.

The State Revenue Office Victoria (SRO) is committed to the aims and objectives of the Act. We do not tolerate improper conduct (including corrupt conduct) by our staff, or take reprisals against those who come forward to disclose such conduct.

The SRO values transparency and accountability in our administrative and management practices, and we support the making of disclosures that reveal corrupt conduct, conduct involving a substantial mismanagement of public resources, or conduct involving a substantial risk to public health and safety or the environment. We will take all reasonable steps to protect people who make such disclosures from any detrimental action in reprisal for making the disclosure. We will also afford natural justice to the person who is the subject of the disclosure

What is improper conduct?

Improper conduct is defined in the section 4 of the Act which includes:

  • conduct that is corrupt; or
  • a substantial mismanagement of public resources; or
  • conduct involving substantial risk to public health or safety; or
  • conduct involving substantial risk to the environment.

The conduct must be serious enough that if proven would constitute a criminal offence or reasonable grounds for dismissal.

What is corrupt conduct?

Corrupt conduct is defined in the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011 as conduct of:

  • person that adversely affects the honest performance by a public officer or public body of their functions
  • public officer or public body that constitutes or involves the dishonest performance of their functions
  • public officer or public body that knowingly or recklessly breaches public trust
  • public officer or public body that involves the misuse of information or material acquired in the course of the performance of their role or function, whether or not for the benefit of the public body or person
  • public officer or public body who conspires or attempts to engage in the above corrupt activity.

The conduct must, if the facts were found proved beyond reasonable doubt at a trial, constitute an indictable offence.

Victorian public sector bodies include government departments and statutory authorities, Victoria Police, local councils, schools and universities, public hospitals, Members of Parliament, judges and magistrates.

How do I make a disclosure?

A disclosure of improper conduct or corrupt conduct by the SRO or our employees can be made to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) directly

SRO’s Procedures for Protected Disclosure Management

Once the SRO has been notified by IBAC about a protected disclosure investigation, we will take all reasonable steps to protect the discloser from reprisal and provide welfare management. For more information, download our Procedures for Protected Disclosure Management.

Protected Disclosure Coordinator

For further information about protected disclosures, please contact the Protected Disclosure Coordinator, Paula Thorne, Executive Director, Policy, Advisory and Legal Services, State Revenue Office, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, 3000, Telephone: (03) 9628 6105.