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Corrupt conduct and public interest disclosures

Metro South Health strives to achieve the highest standards of integrity and accountability in delivering health services to the community. We are also committed to fostering and maintaining an ethical workplace culture where staff and members of the public are confident and comfortable about making disclosures of wrongdoing.

If you believe you have information regarding corrupt conduct or other serious wrongdoing by a person employed in our health service, you are encouraged to report the matter through the avenues outlined below. Reports of wrongdoing are treated seriously, and we are committed to supporting persons who make such reports and dealing with their concerns in a manner that promotes transparency, accountability and public confidence.

Corrupt conduct

Corrupt conduct is defined in sections 15(1) and 15(2) of the Crime and Corruption Act 2001.

Section 15(1) of the Crime and Corruption Act 2001 defines corrupt conduct as, conduct that:

  • adversely affects, or could adversely affect, the performance of functions or the exercise of powers of Metro South Health or a person holding an appointment within Metro South Health; and
  • is not honest or impartial; or involves a breach of trust (knowingly or recklessly); or involves a misuse of information; and
  • would, if proven, be a criminal offence or a disciplinary breach providing reasonable grounds for termination of the person's employment.

Section 15(2) of the Crime and Corruption Act 2001 also defines corrupt conduct as, conduct that:

  • impairs, or could impair, public confidence in public administration; and
  • involves, or could involve:
    • collusive tendering;
    • fraud relating to an application for a licence, permit or other authority under an Act with a purpose of protecting health or safety of persons, protecting the environment, or protecting or managing the use of the State’s natural, cultural, mining or energy resources;
    • dishonestly obtaining, or helping someone to dishonestly obtain, a benefit from the payment or application of public funds or the disposition of State assets;
    • evading a State tax, levy or duty or otherwise fraudulently causing a loss of State revenue;
    • fraudulently obtaining or retaining an appointment; and
  • would, if proven, be a criminal offence or a disciplinary breach providing reasonable grounds for termination of the person's services, if the person is or were the holder of an appointment.

Examples of corrupt conduct may include, but are not limited to:

  • theft of Metro South Health or patient property, by staff
  • fraud
  • unauthorised access to and/or unlawful disclosure of confidential or patient information
  • assault / excessive use of force on a patient
  • misuse of authority
  • using public resources for private purposes
  • failure to declare conflicts of interest resulting in a benefit to oneself or another person
  • nepotism/favouritism within recruitment processes.

Public interest disclosures

A ‘public interest disclosure’ is a disclosure about certain types of wrongdoing in the public sector. Persons who make public interest disclosures are afforded certain protections pursuant to the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010.

Under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010, any person can make a disclosure about:

  • a substantial and specific danger to the health or safety of a person with a disability
  • a substantial and specific danger to the environment caused by the commission of an offence or contravention of a condition in certain environmental legislation
  • a reprisal (linked to making a public interest disclosure).

A public sector employee (which includes Metro South Health employees) can also make a public interest disclosure about:
corrupt conduct

  • maladministration that adversely affects someone’s interests in a substantial and specific way
  • a substantial misuse of public resources
  • a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety
  • a substantial and specific danger to the environment.

How to report suspected corrupt conduct or make a public interest disclosure

If you wish to report suspected corrupt conduct or make a public interest disclosure, you are encouraged to do so by completing and submitting this complaint form

You may also lodge a complaint in writing or verbally, and can even do so anonymously (however, you should be aware that making a complaint anonymously may impact Metro South Health’s ability to seek additional relevant information from you and to provide you with updates about how the matter is dealt with).

You can make your complaint or report to:

  • your line manager, senior management or Human Resources representative (if you are a Metro South Health employee)
  • the Ethical Standards Unit, Metro South Health
  • the Health Service Chief Executive, Metro South Health 

If your complaint relates to suspected corrupt conduct by the Health Service Chief Executive, Metro South Health, your complaint should be made in accordance with the Managing complaints of suspected corrupt conduct involving the Health Service Chief Executive Policy.

Complaints can also be made externally to:

The way in which we manage reports of suspected corrupt conduct and public interest disclosures is outlined in our Reporting and Managing Corrupt Conduct and Public Interest Disclosures (PDF, 294.04 KB) procedure. Metro South Health also has a Public Interest Disclosure Management Program (PDF, 223.9 KB).

If you wish to raise concerns about a matter that does not involve corrupt conduct or would not be a public interest disclosure, please complete the Metro South Health online Feedback form.
 

Last updated 19 December 2023
Last reviewed 19 December 2023