All staff should feel safe and confident to raise concerns, issues, complaints and provide feedback about their workplace.

It is important that employee complaints are appropriately addressed, managed efficiently and effectively and resolved at the workplace level if possible.

How to raise concerns and complaints

Employees who want to raise a concern or make a complaint should speak to an appropriate manager or principal first. This is the best way to reach a quick resolution.

Principals and managers are expected to be responsive and manage concerns and complaints fairly, respectfully, transparently and in a timely way. The department's guidelines for Managing Complaints, Misconduct and Unsatisfactory Performance — Teaching Service are used by principals and managers when managing complaints, misconduct and unsatisfactory performance.

In some circumstances, it may be inappropriate for employees to raise the issue directly with their manager or principal as the allegations may relate to their conduct. In other circumstances, employees may not be satisfied with the outcome of the complaint they originally raised with their principal or manager. If this is the case employees can:

  • approach their manager's manager or their regional office
  • obtain more information about lodging a formal grievance about employment decisions or actions, including appointments or leave, to the Merit Protection Board
  • seek advice on raising concerns about unprofessional conduct from the Employee Conduct Branch on 03 7022 0005
  • report suspected fraud, corruption and serious conflicts of interest by contacting the Fraud and Corruption Control Unit on 03 7022 0121 or by email:
  • Alternatively, employees can contact the department's externally hosted Speak Up service by:

Public Interest Disclosures

Victorian law also provides some legal protections to individuals making 'Public Interest Disclosures' (formally known as whistleblowers complaints under the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012.

There are specific requirements that must be fulfilled for a report or complaint to be a public interest disclosure and for an employee to receive the legal protections of making a public interest disclosure. It is important that anyone wanting to make a public interest disclosure to have their complaint or report properly assessed to determine whether it meets the requirements of the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 (Vic). Refer to the Fraud and Corruption Control Policy for more information on the Public Interest Disclosures Act or contact the Fraud and Corruption Control Unit on 03 7022 0121.

Relevant legislation

Overview explaining how employees can raise concerns and complaints including fraud, corruption and whistleblowers

Reviewed 11 October 2023

Policy last updated

15 June 2020


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