Victorian Fraud Information and Reporting Centre
Committee heard “one of the most common ways in which fraud is detected and reported is through the use of “˜whistleblowers’ ““ people who reveal wrongdoing within an organisation to the public or to those in positions of authority.”
The Committee was advised, however, that some individuals fear reporting fraud because it may result in their being discriminated against or otherwise subjected to harassment, intimidation or reprisals. This is particularly the case in the private sector, where whistleblowers are provided with no statutory protection against reprisals. To overcome this problem, the Committee has recommended extending the scope of the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001 (Vic) to cover the private sector as well as the public sector .