Victimisation and Whistleblowing

Victimisation & Whistleblowing

 

Victimisation

Victimisation is treating people unfairly for complaining, or helping others to complain, about a matter of discrimination or harassment either within their organisation or to the Equal Opportunity Commission. Victimisation is unlawful because it punishes people for speaking out about matters of discrimination or harassment, which they have a right to do. 

Whistleblowing

It is unlawful to treat people unfairly because they are whistleblowers. Blowing the whistle is revealing information which is in the public interest. 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 (1993) makes it against the law to victimise people for disclosing such information or to take legal action against people who disclose information in good faith.

ICAC Act

The ICAC Act makes it against the law to victimise people for disclosing such information or to take legal action against people who make a report complaint to the Office of Public integrity about alleged corruption, misconduct, or maladministration in public administration in South Australia.