Monash University does not tolerate fraud, corruption, misconduct, criminal or improper conduct. A person who reports this type of conduct may be considered to have made a whistleblower disclosure and be protected under the law. The University supports the making of whistleblower disclosures which can be made under Commonwealth or Victorian law.
The University will provide appropriate support to persons who make a whistleblower disclosure about or involving the University, and to other persons involved in the whistleblower disclosure process, and will in all respects comply with its legal obligations.
This page, and the Whistleblower Policy, Whistleblower Procedure and the below FAQs contain important information for anyone thinking of making a whistleblower disclosure in relation to the University.
How to make a Whistleblower Disclosure
We suggest that, where the Commonwealth law applies, whistleblowers make their disclosure to the University in the first instance via the on-line form or email account. The University will then be in a position to readily assess the disclosure and, where appropriate, commence an investigation, implement measures to ensure confidentiality, and provide appropriate support and protection for the whistleblower (and any other persons who may be involved in the disclosure).
Under the Commonwealth law, you can also make a disclosure directly to an eligible recipient of the University or a related body corporate, or certain external agencies, such as ASIC, APRA and (in the case of a disclosure regarding tax affairs, the ATO).
Under the Victorian law, a whistleblower disclosure (called a ‘public interest disclosure’) can only be made to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) and (in relation to administrative actions of the University) the Victorian Ombudsman (VO). For information on how to make a disclosure to IBAC and the Ombudsman, contact IBAC or the VO.
As well as prescribing who can receive a whistleblower disclosure, the Commonwealth and Victorian law prescribe certain rules for who can make a whistleblower disclosure, who and what the disclosure can be about, and the protections afforded to whistleblowers.
Relevant legislation and external resources
Other possible avenues of redress
If the information you wish to disclose does not qualify as a whistleblower disclosure, under either Commonwealth or Victoria law, you may still be able to provide the information, and access support, through the following:
- student complaints process;
- dispute settlement and employment related grievances resolution procedure;
- University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP); and
- Monash College’s whistleblower policy and procedure (where the disclosure relates to Monash College).
Whistleblower privacy collection statement
Any personal information you provide to Monash University for the purposes of providing a report will be collected and managed in accordance with the University’s Whistleblower Policy and Whistleblower Procedure.
Monash University values the privacy of every individual’s personal information and is committed to the protection of that information from unauthorised use and disclosure except where permitted by law. For more information about the handling of your personal information please see the Monash University Data Protection and Privacy Procedure.