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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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