Where there is a suggestion that public officials have engaged in corrupt or improper conduct it is vital that those who observe or suspect such behaviour speak up and report the alleged misconduct. The Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 (PID) is the Victorian ‘whistleblower’ legislation and encourages people to come forward and provide information by offering legal protection.
An allegation made under the PID is known as an "assessable disclosure". The PID provides protection from detrimental action to any person affected by a public interest disclosure whether it is a person who makes a disclosure, a witness, or a person who is the subject of an investigation.
The Judicial Commission can receive a public interest disclosure about a judicial officer or a non-judicial VCAT member.
If you wish to make a public interest disclosure to the Judicial Commission you should contact the Judicial Commission and indicate that you want the information you provide treated as a public interest disclosure. If the Judicial Commission considers that a disclosure may meet the requirements of a public interest disclosure under the PID, it must refer the disclosure to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC). If IBAC determines the disclosure is a public interest disclosure, IBAC may investigate the disclosure or may refer it back to the Judicial Commission for investigation.
More information can be found in the attached procedures.
(Please note: these procedures are in the process of being updated to reflect amendments introduced in the PID.)