Protecting while they prosper?


This project aims to examine the adequacy of organisational responses to whistleblowing (employee reporting of wrongdoing). So far, research into public interest whistleblowing has revealed much about the incidence, significance and experience of whistleblowers. This project now extends the research to the other side of the issue - the organisations. By comparing employee and managerial experience in multiple public and private sector organisations in Australia and New Zealand, the project intends to identify the factors that influence good and bad responses across a range of institutions; provide a clearer basis for reform of policies, procedures and law; and set benchmarks for comparative research worldwide.

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Funded by the Australian Research Council (Linkage grant 2015–2017) with industry partners:

  • CPA Australia Ltd/ CPA Australia
  • Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman
  • NSW Ombudsman
  • The Public Sector Commission
  • Corruption and Crime Commission/ Corruption And Crime Commission of Western Australia
  • Western Australian Ombudsman
  • Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC)
  • Ombudsman Victoria
  • Queensland Ombudsman
  • The South Australian Ombudsman
  • Chief Minister's Department
  • Australian Securities & Investments Commission
  • Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Limited/Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman
  • State Services Commission New Zealand
  • Office of the Ombudsman New Zealand.

Chief investigators

  • Professor AJ Brown (Griffith University, Australia)
  • Professor Paula Brough (Griffith University, Australia) -
  • Professor Rodney Smith
  • Professor Katherine Hall
  • Dr Michael Macaulay
  • Dr Eva Tsahuridu
  • Mr Rodney Walsh
  • Mr Chistopher Wheeler
  • Mr Warren Day
  • Ms Christine Lloyd
  • Dr Sandra Lawrence (Griffith University, Australia)
  • Dr Nerisa Dozo (Griffith University, Australia)

Research Fellow

  • Dr Sandra Lawrence (Griffith University, Australia)

Survey and Business Manager

  • Dr Nerisa Dozo (Griffith University, Australia)

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