Whistle Blowing Policy

Epworth Community Services is committed to a high standard of compliance with accounting, financial reporting, corporate governance and any legislation relating to these areas.  In line with this commitment, any person who comes across any actual or suspected impropriety, irregularity, or illegal activity within Epworth Community Services, may report such concerns to the following channels:

Phone: 6705 7189

Reports should preferably be made in writing, such as in the form of a letter or email, and in detail setting out the background and history of events, details of parties involved, date or period of time, as well as the reason(s) for concern.  Evidence substantiating the claim, should be provided, where possible.

As concerns or reports made anonymously are more difficult to investigate effectively, contact particulars should be included (in case additional information is required).  This is because the outcome of any investigation conducted into an anonymous report will be subject to the clarity of information provided and limited by the inability to obtain further information from the source of the report.

All information provided, as well as its source, shall be treated with the strictest confidence. Whistleblowers will be protected from discrimination, retaliation or harassment of any kind for disclosing concerns in good faith.  However, if investigations reveal that a report has been made maliciously or for personal gain, appropriate action, including reporting the matter to the police, may be taken.