Whistleblower Policy

 

Introduction

The Board of Acts Global Churches Limited (AGC) is committed to operating legally (in accordance with applicable legislation and regulation), properly (in accordance with the organisational policy and procedures), and ethically (in line with the recognised ethical principles). Employees are expected to cooperate with the organisation in maintaining legal, proper, and ethical operations, if necessary, by reporting non-compliant actions by other people. Correspondingly, employees who do assist in maintaining legal, proper and ethical operations should not be penalised in any way.

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to:
a) Encourage the reporting of matters that may cause harm to individuals or financial or non-financial loss to AGC or damage to it’s reputation.
b) Enable AGC to deal with reports from whistleblowers in a way that will protect the identity of the whistleblower as far as possible and provide for the secure storage of the information provided.
c) Establish policies for protecting whistleblowers against reprisal by any person internal or external to the entity
d) Provide for the appropriate infrastructure
e) Help to ensure AGC maintains the highest standards of ethical behaviour and integrity

Policy

Concerns regarding illegal or corrupt behaviour

Where an employee of AGC believes in good faith on reasonable grounds that any other employee, volunteer, or contractor has breached any provision of the general law, that employee must report their concern to
• Their Supervisor: or if they feel that their Supervisor may be complicit in the breach
• The National Leader: or of they feel that the National Leader may be complicit in the breach,
• The organisation’s nominated Whistleblower Protection Officer (WPO); or if they feel it is necessary,
• A person or office independent of the organisation nominated by the organisation to receive such information or
• The duly constituted authorities responsible for the enforcement of the law in the relevant area.

The person making their concern known shall not suffer any sanctions from the organisation on account of their actions in this regard providing their actions
• Are in good faith, and
• Are based on reasonable grounds, and
• Conform to the designated procedures

Any such person within the organisation to whom such a disclosure is made shall
• If they believe the behaviour complained of to be unquestionably trivial or fanciful, dismiss the allegation and notify the person making the allegation of their decision
• If the believe the behaviour complained of to be neither trivial nor fanciful, ensure that the allegation is investigated, a finding is made and the person making the allegation is informed of the finding.

Any such investigations shall observe the rules of natural justice and the provisions of procedural fairness.

Disclosures may be made anonymously, and this anonymity shall as far as possible be preserved by the organisation.

Concerns regarding improper or unethical behaviour

Where an employee of AGC believes in good faith on reasonable grounds that any other employee, volunteer, or contractor has breached any provision of the organisation’s constitution, or it’s policies, or it’s code of conduct, or generally recognised principles of ethics, that employee may report their concern to
• Their Supervisor: or if they feel that their Supervisor may be complicit in the breach
• The National Leader: or of they feel that the National Leader may be complicit in the breach,
• The organisation’s nominated Whistleblower Protection Officer (WPO); or if they feel it is necessary,
• A person or office independent of the organisation nominated by the organisation to receive such information

The person making their concern known shall not suffer any sanctions from the organisation on account of their actions in this regard provided that their actions
• Are in good faith, and
• Are based on reasonable grounds, and
• Conform to the designated procedures

Any person within the organisation to whom such a disclosure is made shall.
• If they believe the behaviour complained of to be unquestionably trivial or fanciful, dismiss the allegation and notify the person making the allegation of their decision
• If the believe the behaviour complained of to be neither trivial nor fanciful, ensure that the allegation is investigated, a finding is made and the person making the allegation is informed of the finding.

Any such investigations shall observe the rules of natural justice and the provisions of procedural fairness.

Disclosures may be made anonymously, and this anonymity shall as far as possible be preserved by the organisation.

Authorisation

AGC Board
Secretary – Trent Young  July 2019

Whistleblower Officer (WPO) Details

Name – Trent Young
Phone – 03 9466 7999
Email – trent@actsglobal.church