Reporting Suspected Wrongdoing
Have you seen something in the University that you think is wrong?
Everyone involved with the University is expected to act with integrity and be accountable for their actions.
Everyone is expected to report activity or behaviour that they reasonably believe is wrong.
The University does not tolerate illegal activity or those who disregard the laws, codes or University policies that govern its activities. If you have information about something that you suspect or reasonably believe is wrong, you should make a report. This page will help you work out how you can make a report.
Who should I talk to if I suspect wrongdoing?
Depending on the type of wrongdoing that you are concerned about, there are certain people you can, and should, talk to. This might be your Supervisor/Manager, Head of School/Branch, Human Resources Advisor or you may need to make a report to the South Australian Office for Public Integrity.
Before you report, first ask: what kind of information do I have? The information under each of the headings below will help you to know how to report various categories of wrongdoing.
If you're concerned about adverse consequences, you can make a protected disclosure under the University's Whistleblower Policy. Further information about making protected disclosures is available on the Legal and Risk whistleblower protection page.
Fraud or corrupt activity
The Fraud and Corruption Control Policy requires that you report information about suspected fraud, corruption or bribery. In the first instance you should report it to your Supervisor or Head of School/Branch. It is important that you are clear about: the information, or evidence, that you have, the reasons for your report, and details of the person or persons involved.
Non-compliance with a law
A bullying or harassment issue
A workplace conflict
A workplace health and safety (WH&S) issue
If you are a University employee, contractor or a member of a University governance committee, you are a 'Public Officer' under the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 (SA) and are required by law to report all matters that your reasonably suspect involve corruption, or serious or systemic misconduct or maladministration to the Office for Public Integrity.
The University and its officers have public accountability obligations set out in its founding Act and other State and Commonwealth legislation. This includes accountability to bodies such as the Independent Commissioner for Corruption, Ombudsman, Auditor General, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and funding bodies.
If you're concerned that there might be action taken against you for reporting wrongdoing, you may wish to make a protected disclosure under the University's Whistleblower Policy.