Whistleblowers Protection Act
The Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993 (SA) protects people who reveal information that is important for the public to know. It may be information about a person who has:
- risked public health, safety or the environment
- acted illegally
- wasted public money
- misused public resources.
The Whistleblowers Protection Act protects people from:
- being victimised for revealing such information
- legal action taken against them for revealing the information in good faith.
Victims can lodge a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Commission. Complaints need to show that:
- information was revealed
- it was in the public interest
- it was appropriate to reveal the information
- the person or organisation complained against has damaged you
- the main reason you have suffered was because you revealed the information.
Two students discovered that some college administrators were using public funds for private purposes. The students informed a local politician and soon after they were expelled. The students could claim they were victimised for blowing the whistle.
Last updated on 18 May, 2010 - 12:52.