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Information on being a 'whistleblower' and making a pubic interest disclosure

A ‘whistleblower’ is a person who exposes or brings to public attention an irregularity or a crime, especially from within an organisation.

Information about APRA-regulated institutions

Through your dealings with an APRA-regulated financial institution, or as a result of your employment in the finance sector, you may become aware of information that leads you to believe there has been misconduct by an institution or its staff which gives you concern about the way that institution is meeting its prudential requirements. Such misconduct may include:
  • failure to comply with a legal duty;
  • gross mismanagement or waste;
  • dishonest or unethical behaviour by an individual; or
  • fraud or other type of criminal behaviour.
All information that is provided in good faith by a member of the public is appreciated in that it assists APRA to carry out its regulatory function in a more effective and efficient manner.

Anonymous information

APRA will accept information anonymously. However if you are providing information to APRA it is preferable that you provide your contact details to assist in any investigation into the matter.

When anonymous information is received by APRA it is given to a senior manager to consider and investigate the allegations. Due to the legal provisions that restrict the type of information APRA may disclose to the public, any specific outcome arising from the complaint is unlikely to be publicly released unless some formal enforcement action occurs.

To provide information to APRA online, report whistleblowing.

Providing information on the institutions APRA regulates.

Information about APRA – for past and current employees, contractors etc

Through your past or current employment, contractual arrangement, secondment or similar within APRA you may wish to disclose information which, in your honest, reasonable belief, suggests that wrongdoing has been committed, or is in the process of being committed at APRA. Such wrongdoing could be actions that:
  • contravenes a Commonwealth, State or Territory law;
  • in a foreign country, contravenes a foreign law that applies to the agency, official or service provider;
  • perverts the course of justice;
  • is corrupt;
  • constitutes maladministration, including conduct that is based on improper motives or is unreasonable, unjust, oppressive or negligent;
  • is an abuse of public trust;
  • involves fabrication, falsification, plagiarism or deception relating to scientific research, or other misconduct in relation to scientific research, analysis or advice;
  • results in wastage of public money or public property;
  • unreasonably endangers health and safety; and
  • endangers the environment.
You may raise the matter directly with the Secretary. The Secretary can be contacted on 02 9210 3103 or by email to an address to which only the Secretary has access (Secretary@apra.gov.au). 
 
In raising a concern about wrongdoing, you may assume that only those APRA staff investigating it will know your identity. We will not reveal your identity outside this group except:
  • where we are under a legal obligation to do so;
  • where that information is already in the public domain;
  • on a strictly confidential basis to a professionally qualified lawyer or other advisor for the purposes of obtaining advice;
  • where you consent to your identity being revealed; or
  • to the police or as otherwise required by legislation.
If there are any other circumstances in which we are required to reveal your identity, we will discuss this with you first. Under no circumstances will you find that your identity has been revealed outside this list without your knowledge.
 
This information can be provided anonymously.
 

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