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Reminder: consultation closes 7 Dec
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Review of New Zealand's Whistleblowing Law

There are just a few more days to have your say on the proposed options for improving the Protected Disclosures Act. The consultation closes this Friday.

Changes to the law could have a significant impact on the obligations voluntary and community sector organisations are subject to so the State Services Commission is keen to hear how the changes might affect the sector and what they can do to support implementation.

Some of the proposed changes include:
  • Improving the definition of serious wrongdoing (and excluding bullying and harassment)
  • Requiring all organisations (incl. non-profit org) to have good whistleblowing procedures in place – should there be exemptions for small NGOs?
  • Establishing stronger oversight and a single port of call for advice – should there be an independent body for the NGO sector? 
How to have your say:
 
The consultation period will end on Friday 7 December 2018.  You can go online to www.havemysay.govt.nz/protected-disclosures-act  to read more about the proposals and make your submission.

Hui E! hosted the review team in our community hub recently and it sparked some good discussion. You can view their presentation to the group here

If you have any questions, you can email info@HaveMySay.govt.nz or take a look at two 1-pagers providing information about the Review (“the Review Factsheet”) and the current legislation (“Guide to the Current Act”). 

Background

Sometimes, people find out their manager or co-worker is engaging in activities that are illegal, corrupt or pose a serious threat to public safety. The Protected Disclosures Act 2000 aims to encourage people to ‘speak up’ in these circumstances and protect them from losing their jobs or getting mistreated. However, a review by the State Services Commission, has found that the Act is not working as well as it should. It is seen as weak and confusing to navigate. The Government has identified five options for change and would like to encourage all organisations across the voluntary and community sector to share their views on the benefits and risks of different proposals. 
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