This policy is based on the NSW Ombudsman’s Model Internal reporting Policy- Local Government (June 2014) and supersedes Council’s Protected Disclosures Policy.
The purpose of this policy is to establish an internal reporting system for staff and Councillors to report wrongdoing without fear of reprisal. The policy sets out who you can report wrongdoing to in Dungog Shire Council, what can be reported and how reports of wrongdoing will be dealt with by Dungog Shire Council.
This policy is designed to complement normal communication channels between supervisors and staff. Staff are encouraged to raise matters of concern at any time with their supervisors, but also have the option of making a report about a public interest issue in accordance with this policy and the Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994 (PID Act).
The internal reporting system established under this policy is not intended to be used for staff grievances. If a staff member makes a report under this policy which is substantially a grievance, the matter will be referred to the General Manager to be dealt with in accordance with adopted internal procedures.