CORPORATIONS ACT 2001

CHAPTER 9 - MISCELLANEOUS  

PART 9.4AAA - PROTECTION FOR WHISTLEBLOWERS  

SECTION 1317AC   VICTIMISATION PROHIBITED  

Actually causing detriment to another person

1317AC(1)  
A person (the first person ) contravenes this subsection if:


(a) the first person engages in conduct; and


(b) the first person's conduct causes any detriment to another person (the second person ); and


(c) when the first person engages in the conduct, the first person believes or suspects that the second person or any other person made, may have made, proposes to make or could make a disclosure that qualifies for protection under this Part; and


(d) the belief or suspicion referred to in paragraph (c) is the reason, or part of the reason, for the conduct.

Note 1: Failure to comply with this subsection is an offence (see subsection 1311(1) ).

Note 2: This subsection is also a civil penalty provision (see section 1317E ). For relief from liability to a civil penalty relating to this subsection, see section 1317S .

Threatening to cause detriment to another person

1317AC(2)  
A person (the first person ) contravenes this subsection if:


(a) the first person makes to another person (the second person ) a threat to cause any detriment to the second person or to a third person; and


(b) the first person:


(i) intends the second person to fear that the threat will be carried out; or

(ii) is reckless as to causing the second person to fear that the threat will be carried out; and


(c) the first person makes the threat because a person:


(i) makes a disclosure that qualifies for protection under this Part; or

(ii) may make a disclosure that would qualify for protection under this Part.

Note 1: Failure to comply with this subsection is an offence (see subsection 1311(1) ).

Note 2: This subsection is also a civil penalty provision (see section 1317E ). For relief from liability to a civil penalty relating to this subsection, see section 1317S .

Officers and employees involved in contravention

1317AC(3)  
If a company contravenes subsection (1) or (2), any officer or employee of the company who is involved in that contravention contravenes this subsection.

Note 1: Failure to comply with this subsection is an offence (see subsection 1311(1) ).

Note 2: This subsection is also a civil penalty provision (see section 1317E ). For relief from liability to a civil penalty relating to this subsection, see section 1317S .

Threats

1317AC(4)  
For the purposes of subsection (2), a threat may be:


(a) express or implied; or


(b) conditional or unconditional.

1317AC(5)  


In a prosecution for an offence against subsection (2) or proceedings in relation to a contravention of subsection (2), it is not necessary to prove that the person threatened actually feared that the threat would be carried out.

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