Bullying

Case Study - Protection provided to whistleblower | WISE Workplace

We will undertake an initial assessment siof a disclosure made under applicable protected disclosure procedures or whistleblower legislation.

This will determine if the disclosure falls within the guidelines. If so, we identify which agency(s) are required to be notified of the disclosure.

We will conduct an independent investigation of fact.

We can also provide advice on issues of confidentiality.

Our report includes advice and recommendations regarding any individual allegations and systemic issues identified.

Background

A protected disclosure was received from a member of the security staff of an organisation regarding the theft of fuel from vehicles and misuse of vehicles by other security staff. 

WISE was contracted to investigate the matter.

Objectives

To establish whether the claims could be substantiated and if so, to recommend appropriate action.

Approach

WISE conducted a confidential interview with the complainant.

Records were kept of the interview however no formal recording was made at the whistleblowers request.  

Accountability documents and records were obtained from the organisation, which showed a lack of accountability for the security officers and failures of the supervisory staff to ensure that important OH&S and insurance records were maintained.  

Strategic Outcomes

The lack of records and systems in place prevented an individual being identified as responsible for the theft of fuel or misuse of vehicles.  

The report provided by WISE provided managers with insight into the depth of the issues in that section.

At the same time it gave management useful practical advice on systems and procedures that could be implemented to increase future accountability.