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Whistleblowing Legislation - What You Need to Know and Do by 1st January 2020

Type: Webinar Recording (45 minutes)
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Presenters: Matthew Turnour and guests
Price: Full price $ 30.00 , Member price $ 0.00

This webinar is FREE for everybody.

Charities and not-for-profits are now required to implement a whistleblower policy.

Despite continued promises of a reduction in red tape for the charity sector, not-for-profits and charities that operate as companies limited by guarantee will now be required to implement a whistleblower policy and make it available to officers and employees of the company. While the charities sector is generally welcoming of additional protections for whistleblowers, the further regulation and red tape for companies operating in the sector is a burden.

The implementation of the whistleblower policy is, nevertheless, critically important for charities and not-for-profits as the penalties for failing to have a compliant whistleblower policy can be severe and may include penalties of up to $12,600. The more severe consequence for charities, however, is that a failure to have a whistleblower policy carries a penalty of up to 60 penalty units. The breach of an act carrying 60 penalty units or more amounts to a breach of the ACNC governance standards, which is grounds for deregistration of charity status and loss of tax concessions. The need for a whistleblower policy can, therefore, not be ignored.

The whistleblower policy must be in place by 1 January 2020. To assist people in the charities and not-for-profits sector, CMA has invited Matthew Turnour from Neumann and Turnour lawyers to present some essential elements in this webinar, helping you get prepared for what your organisation needs to understand and do.

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Neumann and Turnour lawyers have also set out guidelines on their website ( on the requirements of the whistleblower policy. Alternatively, you can contact their office on (07) 3837 3600 and speak to Dr Matthew Turnour, Chris Mills or Brayden Hargrave for further details and their quote for assisting you in creating a whistleblower policy.

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