Whistleblowing Reforms: A Critical Analysis of the Current Law and the New 'Bells and Whistles' Proposed

Company and Securities Law Journal (2017) 35

Deakin Law School Research Paper No. 17-12

18 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2017 Last revised: 11 Aug 2017

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Jim Mathiopoulos

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Katrina Hogan

Clayton Utz - Sydney Office

Jean Du Plessis

Deakin University, Geelong, Australia - Deakin Law School

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

The Turnbull Government has promised comprehensive whistleblower reforms. To generate meaningful community consultation as part of the law reform process, people must have a comprehensive understanding of the deficiencies in Australia’s public and private sector whistleblowing regime. The legislator’s choice not to produce a consultation paper to accompany the current inquiry may limit the value of the submissions received, particularly as the terms of reference omit a number of important considerations that have been raised in earlier reviews, reports and papers. This article aims to fill this gap. This article also analyses the deficiencies in Australia’s whistleblowing regimes and it compares areas where Australia falls behind global norms as accentuated by the G20 “Breaking the Silence” report.

Suggested Citation

Mathiopoulos, Jim and Hogan, Katrina and Du Plessis, Jean, Whistleblowing Reforms: A Critical Analysis of the Current Law and the New 'Bells and Whistles' Proposed (2017). Company and Securities Law Journal (2017) 35, Deakin Law School Research Paper No. 17-12, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3004252

Jim Mathiopoulos

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Katrina Hogan

Clayton Utz - Sydney Office ( email )

Sydney NSW 1215
Australia

Jean Du Plessis (Contact Author)

Deakin University, Geelong, Australia - Deakin Law School ( email )

221 Burwood Highway
Burwood
Burwood, Victoria 3125, Victoria 3125
Australia

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