A record number of public officials sought whistleblower protection for reporting corrupt conduct in Queensland last financial year, but concerns remain about the extent to which state’s corruption watchdog is able to investigate and prosecute many of those cases.
The Queensland ombudsman has responsibility for oversight of public interest disclosures – a formal process designed to protect whistleblowers. In 2017-18, public officials made 591 disclosures about corrupt conduct, representing about three-quarters of the total claims made by whistleblowers.
For the same period, the ombudsman reported that 70% of all whistleblower disclosures were substantiated or partially substantiated.
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