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Information on being a 'whistleblower' and making a public interest disclosure

Information for whistleblowers

A ‘whistleblower’ is a person who exposes or brings to public attention an irregularity or a crime, especially from within an organisation.
Through your dealings, or as a result of your employment with an APRA-regulated institution, you may become aware of information that leads you to believe there has been misconduct which gives you concern about the way that institution is meeting its prudential requirements. Such misconduct may include:
  • failure to comply with a legal duty;
  • gross mismanagement or waste;
  • dishonest or unethical behaviour by an individual; or
  • fraud or other type of criminal behaviour.
APRA will accept information anonymously from whistleblowers. However if you are providing information to APRA it is preferable that you provide your contact details to assist in any investigation into the matter.
Due to the legal provisions that restrict the type of information APRA may disclose to the public, any specific outcome arising from a complaint is unlikely to be publicly released.
To provide information to APRA in relation to an APRA-regulated institution, click here.
All information that is provided in good faith by a member of the public is appreciated in that it assists APRA to carry out its regulatory function in a more effective and efficient manner.

Information about APRA – for past and current employees, contractors etc

Through your past or current employment, contractual arrangement, secondment or similar within APRA you may wish to disclose information which, in your honest, reasonable belief, suggests that wrongdoing has been committed, or is in the process of being committed at APRA. Such wrongdoing could be actions that:
  • contravenes a Commonwealth, State or Territory law;
  • in a foreign country, contravenes a foreign law that applies to the agency, official or service provider;
  • perverts the course of justice;
  • is corrupt;
  • constitutes maladministration, including conduct that is based on improper motives or is unreasonable, unjust, oppressive or negligent;
  • is an abuse of public trust;
  • involves fabrication, falsification, plagiarism or deception relating to scientific research, or other misconduct in relation to scientific research, analysis or advice;
  • results in wastage of public money or public property;
  • unreasonably endangers health and safety; and
  • endangers the environment.
You may raise the matter directly with the Secretariat which can be contacted on 02 9210 3070 or by email to an address to which only the Secretariat has access ( 
In raising a concern about wrongdoing, you may assume that only those APRA staff investigating it will know your identity. We will not reveal your identity outside this group except:
  • where we are under a legal obligation to do so;
  • where that information is already in the public domain;
  • on a strictly confidential basis to a professionally qualified lawyer or other advisor for the purposes of obtaining advice;
  • where you consent to your identity being revealed; or
  • to the police or as otherwise required by legislation.
If there are any other circumstances in which we are required to reveal your identity, we will discuss this with you first. Under no circumstances will you find that your identity has been revealed outside this list without your knowledge.
This information can be provided anonymously.

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