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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.

Example

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.


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