Resource Author: Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Company directors and senior managers who are put on notice of possible bribery and corruption issues have a positive duty to make appropriate inquiries. Failure to do so can lead to civil, or even criminal penalties and being banned from managing corporations. This case establishes the duty of officers to investigate when corruption concerns are aired.

Whistleblowers play an important role in detecting bribery and corruption. To encourage whistleblowers to come forward and report misconduct, Australian law affords whistleblowers certain rights and protections, which will impact on how any investigation into a report is conducted. ASIC has published guidance to help companies understand Australian laws concerning who is a whistleblower and how they are protected.

Understand regulatory expectations, seek to comply with legal obligations and manage whistleblowing in accordance with the Corporations Act 2001 using this guide on whistleblowing policies. The guide offers background context to whistleblowing policies. It also provides detailed steps, examples and good practice tips on how to establish, implement and maintain a whistleblower policy.

This resource offers an introductory summary of corporate sector whistleblower protection requirements under the Corporations Act 2001. It includes links to further guidance for companies on handling whistleblower disclosures and creating whistleblowing policies. This guidance can be used by companies even if they are not required to have a whistleblower policy under the law.