Contracted third-party agency PKF Australia provides this independent, confidential and anonymous whistleblower service available to all diocesan workers.
Typically, people use a whistleblower service if they are:
A diocesan worker may use the Whistleblower Disclosure Service if they wish to report professional misconduct involving a colleague or one or more members of the Diocese’s leadership.
However, the whistleblower must be “acting in good faith”, that is, they must hold a reasonable belief that the allegation has or is likely to occur and the allegation is not made for personal gain or for the express purpose of attempting to discredit or cause harm to another diocesan worker.
Professional misconduct is misconduct or dishonest or illegal activity that has actually occurred, or is suspected to have taken place within the Diocese. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following.
Professional misconduct that involves children or vulnerable persons will be referred to the Office of Safeguarding for investigation, unless the alleged abuser is a member of the Office of Safeguarding.
Professional misconduct that involves criminality will be referred to law enforcement.
The Whistleblower Disclosure Service will guarantee anonymity for a whistleblower who reports or attempts to report professional misconduct, unless legal compulsion requires the whistleblower’s identity be released. The diocesan worker can choose to be identified as the whistleblower. The worker must specifically ask the Whistleblower Disclosure Service to disclose their identity to the diocesan authority charged with reporting the alleged misconduct.
Should the diocesan authority charged with conducting the investigation into the professional misconduct become aware of the whistleblower’s identity, they are compelled to maintain the whistleblower’s confidentiality from other diocesan personnel.