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eWise - September 2018

What's New

Thank you to all who stopped by our booth at the AHRI National Convention. We had a great time meeting you and discussing the different WISE services. 

We also sold a number of copies of our Investigative Interviewing book. Don't worry if you missed out, this can still be purchased through our website. 


In the News

The Australian Government has made a decision to call a Royal Commission into Aged Care

This comes after over 4000 people responded to the ABC program Four Corners, to tell of their experiences of Aged Care Facilities. This program includes first hand accounts from families and staff. Part one aired 17 September 2018 8:30pm, while part 2 will air Monday 24 September 2018 at 8:30pm. 

The Royal Commission will primarily look at the quality of care provided in residential and home aged care to senior Australians. It will also include young Australian with disabilities living in residential aged care settings. 

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A new Whistleblower Bill is set to centralise whistleblower protections in corporate, financial and credit sectors into a single regime under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)

The proposed Bill, and changes to the Corporation Act, will require public companies and large proprietary companies to implement a whistleblower policy, that complies with the specific requirements as set out in the Bill. The requirements include that it is no longer necessary for the whistleblower to disclose their identity in order to receive the protections of the policy. 

This was initially meant to come into effect on 1 July 2018, however has been delayed and organisations have until 1 January 2019 to put in place an appropriate policy and service.  

In 2016 WISE launched Grapevine, our confidential Whistleblower Hotline, to enhance the way our clients manage their business.

The Grapevine call centre is Australian based, located in Queensland and staffed by trusted and experienced operators. The call centre is manned 24/7, 365 days per year and receives over 1000 calls per week. 

If you need more information, or would like an obligation free proposal for your organisation, contact WISE today! 

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The ACT Ombudsman Office is holding free information sessions about the Reportable Conduct Scheme on:

 24 September 2018, 10am -  12pm
14 November 2018, 10am - 12pm

The information sessions will provide an introduction to the scheme, including: 

- What behaviours and types of conduct are reportable under the scheme;
- The reportable conduct process and how to notify the Ombudsman;
- The responsibility of organisations under the scheme;
- The role of the ACT Ombudsman. 

Registrations are essential, simply email your name, organisation and contact details to act@ombudsman.gov.au or call 02 6276 3770. 

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The Australian Human Rights Commission released the results of the fourth National Survey into Workplace Sexual Harassment on Wednesday 12 September 2018. 

The survey revealed that sexual harassment continues to be a major problem in Australian workplaces. 1 in 3 workers said that they had been sexually harassed at work over the last five years, compared with 1 in 5 from the 2012 survey and 1 in 10 in 2003. 

For the first time, the survey results provided industry specific data, for example 4 out of 5 people working in information, media and telecommunications reported being sexually harassed.  

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New behaviour codes for Councillors in Local Governments, are coming into effect that will enforce a restriction on gifts and benefits and require formal training for Councillors and Mayors.

The new Model Code of Conduct will attempt to eliminate the behaviours of Councillors who are acting in their own self-interest rather than the interests of the community, for example there is now a $50 limit on gifts. 

There are also restrictions placed on access to Council information, and strict requirements for declaring interests, including the requirement that Councillors must disclose whether they are a property developer or a close associate of one. 

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If you are interested in reading our blogs regularly they are released weekly on our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn social media pages - simple search for WISE Workplace on your chosen social media platform. 


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Legal Issues When Conducting Workplace Interviews

By Vince Scopelliti

When a workplace investigation has to be conducted, the most valuable information will generally be obtained through interviewing the staff involved in the incident and any witnesses. This information will play a critical role in determining what has happened or who or what was responsible.

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What To Do When Faced With Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse

By Vince Scopelliti

In the event of an allegation of child sexual abuse in the workplace, it is essential that immediate steps are taken to ensure the safety of any child allegedly involved.

Following from this crucial first response, mandatory reports need to be made to the relevant statutory child protection authorities.  

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Analysing Evidence: They Key Step of Workplace Investigations

By Vince Scopelliti

One of the most challenging and important tasks undertaken by a workplace investigator is the analysis of the evidence that has been gathered during the course of the investigation. 

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Common Issues with Workplace Mediations

By Vince Scopelliti

Occasional conflicts and disputes are a fact of life in all workplaces. One of the best ways to defuse difficult situations, resolve office concerns and keep your staff happy is mediation. But even thought this is a potentially very effective device in the employer's toolkit, workplace mediations can go wrong. 

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Conducting Workplace Investigations - Advanced

Location: Sydney
Date: 24-22 October 2018

Location: Melbourne
Date: 14-16 November 2018

For more information on Conducting Workplace Investigations

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