False invoices and poor procurement: Corruption in Vic Department of Education

In September 2017, the Independent Board-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) released their Working with Integrity: The Department of Education and Training’s second report to the Independent Board-based Anti-corruption Commission (the Report). The Report made a series of recommendations based on the findings of two operations investigating corruption within the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) and government schools.

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Federal report recommends standardising Australia’s fragmented and inconsistent whistleblowing legislation

A new report from the Commonwealth Parliament on Whistleblowing Protections (the Report), recommends that whistleblower protections across public and private sectors should be standardised.  This recommendation affects all government and non-government organisations including schools.  The recommendation also comes after other recent reports which show that the education sector needs to improve its approach to whistleblowing practices and encourage people to speak up about inappropriate or illegal conduct in the workplace.

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Whistleblowing Protection: Report shows schools need to improve

The release of a significant report Strength of Organisational Whistleblowing Process – Analysis From Australia (the Report) based on research by Griffith University’s Professor A J Brown is a reminder to schools of the importance of having a whistleblower policy and how it can enhance a school’s culture once implemented.  Nathan Luker, General Manager of  Your Call Whistleblowing Solutions, provides crucial insight for schools regarding what they can learn from the Report.

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Ex-principal pleads guilty to fraud

Judith Illingworth, ex-principal of government school Djarragun College in Queensland, has pleaded guilty in the District Court in Cairns (Court) to defrauding the Queensland and Federal Governments of $3.4 million of funding in 2010 and 2011. In November last year, we reported on Ms Illingworth’s case, which, at that time, involved claims that she had defrauded over […]

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Internal Whistleblower systems: why it’s important to have a process in place once a red flag is raised

Author Vincent Quattropani, Managing Director, Your-Call Disclosure Management Services In part one of this two part article on whistleblower systems (available here)  provided by Vincent Quattropani of Your-Call Disclosure Management Services (Your-Call),  Vincent discussed why a whistleblower policy is recommended for schools. In part 2 Vincent explains how a whistleblower program works and how it […]

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Whistleblower Policy – Why Your School Needs One (Part 1)

Author Vincent Quattropani, Managing Director, Your-Call Disclosure Management Services This is the first in a two part article which explains why having a whistleblower policy is recommended for schools and how it can enhance a school’s culture once implemented. It’s easy for schools to relegate the issue of having and implementing a whistleblower program to […]

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