The University of Newcastle, Australia

Thinking about reporting serious wrongdoing?

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

If you suspect or become aware of fraud, corruption or misconduct it’s critical you follow the right reporting process to ensure you’re protected as a whistle-blower.

Preventing Fraud and Corruption

As UON staff members, we’re considered public officials.  As a public official, if you suspect, or become aware of any fraud, corruption, misconduct or maladministration in relation to any aspect of UON’s operations, this is a matter of public interest and you have a responsibility to report it.

UON does not tolerate corrupt conduct and takes any reports of such behaviour very seriously. We aspire to an organisational climate where all staff members feel confident and comfortable reporting wrongdoing.

Reporting fraudulent or corrupt practice is also known as ‘whistle blowing’ or making a public interest disclosure (PID). In accordance with the Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994, we have a Public Interest Disclosures program in place that is designed to protect and support you from any potential or perceived recrimination or reprisal as a result of your disclosure.

To be afforded this protection it’s critical that you make your report through the correct channels using the correct processes. You can find out more via the fraud and corruption webpage.

What you need to do

Visit the Fraud and Corruption webpage to make sure you’re familiar with UON’s Public Interest Disclosures policy and processes.

If you suspect wrongdoing

If you suspect wrongdoing you can seek confidential advice from the Disclosures Coordinator (Director, Assurance Services) or a nominated Disclosures Officer (refer to names listed in the Public Interest Disclosure Policy) at any time. You can also call UON’s Fraud and Corruption hotline on 49 138 037.

To make a formal report you should:

  1. Download and fill out the Internal Report Form. You can choose to make your disclosure anonymously (leave sections blank where indicated on the form), or should you choose to include your details, where possible and appropriate confidentiality will be maintained throughout the process.
  2. Submit the completed Internal Report form to the Disclosures Coordinator or a nominated Disclosures Officer (refer to the Public Interest Disclosure Policy for details).
  3. Continue to act with discretion. Do not telegraph your disclosure and if you are concerned about potential reprisal, make this known when you submit your report.

Need more information

If you cannot find the information you need on the Fraud and Corruption webpages, please contact the Disclosures Coordinator (Director, Assurance Services).

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