More than a year after being first introduced to Parliament, new whistleblowing laws have finally been passed by both houses and are expected to come into force on 1 July 2019.
More than a year after being first introduced to Parliament, new whistleblowing laws have finally been passed by both houses and are expected to come into force on 1 July 2019. This is the first major update of Australia’s whistleblowing protections in nearly two decades, and will impact almost every Australian business.
The new protections include:
The Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2018 has been several years in the making. In September 2017 a Joint Parliamentary Committee released a report recommending a number of changes to improve Australia’s existing laws. A drafted Bill to amend the whistleblower protection provisions in the Corporations Act followed in December 2017 and, after a number of amendments in December 2018, was passed by the Senate a leisurely 12 months later. This Bill was passed by the House of Representatives on 19 February 2019 and is expected to come into force (pending Royal Assent) by 1 July 2019.
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