Mackay Regional Council's Public Interest Disclosure Policy outlines council's commitment to investigating all public interest disclosure (disclosures) in a confidential and timely manner.
Council encourages all staff to make a disclosure about any suspected wrongdoings, dangerous or suspicious behaviour, and information about matters concerning reportable conduct.
Please note that you can lodge a disclosure anonymously. However, council does encourage you to provide at least an email address or phone number, so council can keep you updated with the disclosure and obtain further information if needed for the investigation. When you provide your details, please be assured they will be handled in a confidential manner, however if you hold any concerns over confidentiality, you are still able to lodge a disclose anonymously.
Reportable conduct means any conduct by a person or persons connected with council that falls under the below report types:
Workplace Code of Conduct
Conduct by a council staff that is at risk of breaching the council's Code of Conduct.
Includes obtaining a benefit by some form of deception or some other means. Can be thought of as stealing which involves some form of deception.
Please contact Police to report this behaviour!
The assault need not have caused injuries and can be a mere application of force by one person to another, directly or indirectly (e.g. throwing something) where the person being threatened can carry out their threat and the person being threatened believes it is imminent.
Includes wilful damage to both Council’s physical property and/or electronic data.
Includes receipt of payment, which does not have to be money, to induce someone to either do something or refrain from doing something related to the council's business activity.
Sexual harassment may be defined as unwelcome sexual conduct which makes a person feel offended, humiliated, and/or intimidated. It can take the form of unwelcome touching, hugging, or kissing; suggestive comments or jokes; unwanted invitations to go on dates or requests for sex; insults based on your sex or sexually explicit emails or SMS messages. Both men and women can be the subject of sexual harassment at work.
Unethical Business Conduct
Includes inappropriate or unethical conduct contrary to the council's Code of Conduct such that it presents a risk in terms of various corruption legislation around the world including Public Sector Ethics Act 1994, Local Government Act 2009, Information Privacy Act 2009, and council’s Code of Conduct.
Includes when a council asset is taken either from council premises or from a council staff for personal and/or unintended use.
Workplace Health and Safety
Breaches of council's Workplace Health and Safety policies and or legislation. Includes faulty equipment and unsafe or dangerous work practices - including near misses.
Bullying / Harassment
Use this category if either you have been subject to bullying and/or harassment or someone you know has been subject to it by someone from the council.
Elected member/CEO/Director/Program Manager Conduct
Use this category if you believe a Councillor, CEO, Director, or Program Manager has been involved in or you have suspicions concerning any wrongdoings in relation to dishonest, fraudulent, and corrupt conduct.
If you wish to complete this form manually and post it to council, please download and print the pdf form.
PO Box 41
MACKAY QLD 4740
Public interest disclosure form
Please note that you can make an anonymous disclosure. However, council encourages you to provide at least an email or phone number to keep you updated and obtain further information regarding the investigation. If you wish to make an anonymous disclosure, please leave the boxes in this section blank.
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Please note that all personal information included in this disclosure will remain confidential.