Fraud and Corruption Control

Council is committed to protecting its revenue, expenditure and assets from any attempt by members of the public, contractors, agents, intermediaries, volunteers, Councillors or its own employees to gain financial or other benefits by deceit, bias or dishonest conduct.

Council is committed to the highest level of ethical conduct and integrity and to protecting its revenue, expenditure and property from fraud and corruption. All staff, Councillors, volunteers and contractors are required to act with integrity at all times and refrain from fraudulent or corrupt conduct. In September 2018, Council approved the revised Fraud and Corruption Control Policy (The Policy). The Policy sets out specific guidelines and responsibilities regarding appropriate actions that must be followed to prevent, detect, report and manage fraud and corruption across the organisation.

Protected Disclosure Act 2012

The purpose of the Protected Disclosure Act 2012 (The Act) is to encourage and facilitate disclosures of improper conduct by public officers, public bodies, and other persons, which includes Councillors and Council staff. The Act also protects those making disclosures from being subjected to detrimental action taken in reprisal of making a disclosure.

How to make a protected disclosure

Disclosures about Councillors

Disclosures about improper conduct by Councillors must be made directly to the Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) or the Victorian Ombudsman.

To make a disclosure to IBAC, phone 1300 735 135 and request a form be posted to you, or complete the secure online form, or download a complaint form from IBAC's website.

To make a disclosure to the Victorian Ombudsman, phone 03 9613 6222, or send an email to the official email address of any Victorian Ombudsman officer, or post your written disclosure to Level 2, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000.

Disclosures about Council Staff

Disclosures about Council staff can also be made direct to IBAC as above, or made with Council's Protected Disclosure Coordinator by calling 03 9688 0200, or emailing Disclosure@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au.