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Protecting Whistleblowers

Australia is developing strengthened whistleblower protections designed to protect those who disclose information on tax misconduct to the Australian Taxation Office. Whistleblowers will have their identity protected and will be protected from victimisation and civil and criminal action to encourage them to come forward and help support compliance with Australia’s tax laws.

Country: Australia

Status: ongoing

Themes: Whistleblower/civil society space protection

Last updated: October 2018

Classification:

Concrete: Somewhat Concrete | New: Somewhat New | Ambitious: Somewhat Ambitious

Notes:

October 2018 update: Awaiting Ministerial decision

June 2018 update: A first stage of legislation (covering all corporate misconduct, not just tax matters) introduced to Parliament in December 2017 but not yet passed, due to it not being up to standard against a very strong parliamentary committee report tabled September 2017

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