This Policy is founded on Anglican Missions commitment to accountability and transparency. The purpose of the Policy is to provide a supportive work-relationship environment where misconduct within or by Anglican Missions can be raised without fear of retribution.
Anglican Missions is committed to the highest standards of legal, ethical and moral behaviour. It recognises that people who have a working relationship with Anglican Missions may often be the first to realise there may be concerns. However, for fear of appearing disloyal or because of concerns about being victimised or the subject of other reprisals, they may be reluctant to report any misconduct.
No person should be personally disadvantaged for reporting a wrongdoing. Not only may this misconduct be illegal, but it may also be contrary to the values and mission of Anglican Missions.
The Protected Disclosures Act 2000 provides statutory protection for employees and other workers who report wrongdoing within the workplace. This is commonly referred to as “whistleblowers”. Anglican Missions is committed to maintaining an environment where legitimate concerns are able to be reported without fear of retaliatory action or retribution.
When a person makes such a disclosure they are entitled to expect that:
- their identity remains confidential at all times to the extent permitted by law or is practical in the circumstances;
- they will be protected from reprisal, harassment or victimisation for making the report; and
- should retaliation occur for having made the disclosure then Anglican Missions will treat it as serious wrongdoing under this Policy.