Employees have a right to raise their genuine workplace concerns with their employer.
Each public sector organisation must have policies in place that provide employees with a reasonable avenue of redress against unfair and unreasonable treatment. The policies must comply with the standards issued by VPSC. This includes making the policies readily available, encouraging informal resolution if possible, considering all relevant facts, and giving both parties the right to be heard.
Public service organisations have further obligations. Their avenue of redress policies must also comply with the process outlined in the Public Administration (Review of Actions) Regulations 2015. The regulations allow their employees to apply for an initial review of an employment related action that is unfair or inconsistent with the Public Administration Act 2004 or any standards.
In limited circumstances, public service employees may also be able to apply to VPSC for a review of actions.
Raising concerns with other authorities
Employees may also consider raising their concerns with these other authorities:
- Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission for discrimination, sexual harassment and racial or religious vilification
- Victorian Ombudsman for breaches of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006
- WorkSafe for workplace health and safety issues, including workplace bullying
- Fair Work Commission for employment conditions
- Merit Protection Board for teaching service employment matters