Government to strengthen protections for whistleblowers

The Government is strengthening the Protected Disclosures Act to provide better protection for whistle blowers, Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins said today. “The Protected Disclosures Act is meant to encourage people to speak up about serious wrongdoing in the workplace and protect them from losing their jobs or being mistreated. “We know however that …

RBNZ launches direct phone line and email for whistleblowers in banking

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand is formalising its procedures with a phone line and dedicated email inbox for whistleblowers. The move comes as the regulator beefs up its prudential function and as it continues with its review alongside the Financial Markets Authority on the conduct of banks and major insurers. Phone calls and emails …

New whistleblowing guide for agencies and submission on Protected Disclosures Act consultation

Office of the Ombudsman Today the Chief Ombudsman published a new guide for agencies on whistle-blowing, and his submission to the State Services Commission consultation on the Protected Disclosures Act (PDA). Guide for agencies The new guide contains best practice for agencies’ internal policies and procedures. We also have an updated guide for people who …

New G20 principles on Whistleblower Protection must be urgently implemented

Transparency International Secretariat The G20 High Level Principles for Effective Protection of Whistleblowers endorsed today at the G20 Summit in Osaka are a welcome acknowledgement of the crucial role whistleblowers play in bringing wrongdoing to light, and the retribution they often face. G20 countries should now move quickly to turn words into action, and pass national legislation that matches …

Consultation on Protected Disclosures Act Reform

State Services Commission Between 29 October to 21 December 2018, the public were consulted on proposed changes to the Protected Disclosures Act. This involved receipt of comment online, in writing and face-to-face feedback at four workshops. In total, 73 submissions were received and 54 people attended the four workshops. This input will help shape the …

Protected Disclosures Act 2000 Views on strengths, issues and challenges

State Services Commission In early 2018, the State Services Commission held a targeted consultation process with stakeholders on their views of the Protected Disclosures Act 2000. This report summarises the major themes that emerged from our conversations on the strengths, issues and challenges with the current regime. We have tried to capture the range of …