Australia: Federal Court finds new whistleblower protections will not apply to detrimental conduct occurring before the commencement date of 1 July 2019

On 1 July 2019, the amended form of Part 9.4AAA of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Corporations Act), which sought to provide whistleblowers with greater protection than its predecessor, came into force. These amendments also repealed the specific whistleblowing protections in the Banking Act 1959 (Cth), Insurance Act 1973 (Cth), Life Insurance Act 1995 (Cth) … Read more

Australia: Podcast on proposed whistleblower legislation reforms

As part of HSF’s series on the employment and industrial relations reforms leading up to the Australian Federal Election, our latest podcast focuses on the proposed reforms to whistleblower legislation and how similar laws have operated in the US, including the impact they have had upon business. It’s essential listening to assist understanding of the … Read more

Australia: Whistleblower protection regime

On 7 December 2017, the Australian Government took a further step towards whistleblower reform by introducing the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2017 into the Senate (‘Whistleblower Bill’). The Whistleblower Bill seeks to consolidate whistleblower protections in the corporate, financial and credit sectors into a single regime under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) … Read more

Australia: Whistleblower protection laws – proposed amendments to the Corporations Act

The Government has released draft legislation significantly amending whistleblower laws: Treasury Laws Amendment (Whistleblowers) Bill 2017 (the Bill). Through a series of interlocking amendments to various Acts, the Bill seeks to consolidate whistleblower protections in the corporate, financial and credit sectors into a single regime under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the Act).1 Read more

Australia: Whistleblower protections – recommendations from Parliamentary Joint Committee

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services has proposed widespread reform to whistleblowing legislation in Australia. Together with Disputes, we have published an article on our website on the Committee’s recommendations, which signal the direction any law reform in this area may take. Please contact our specialist team if you would like advice on this topic. Read more