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New whistleblowing rankings shine light on New Zealand.

The results from 699 organisations  – including 65 New Zealand public agencies and local governments – provides organisations and governments with a first-ever basis for systematic comparison of strengths and weaknesses in whistleblowing processes, as part of the groundbreaking Whistling While They Work 2 research project. The New Zealand public sector ranks 8th out of the 10 public sector jurisdictions in the study, and 9th out of all 19 public and private sector groups, for the average strength of whistleblowing processes reported by agencies across five key areas (incident tracking, support strategy, risk assessment, dedicated support and remediation). New Zealand agencies ranked more strongly, on average, than the Tasmanian and Northern Territory governments, but weaker than all other Australian federal and state jurisdictions.

The results were released at the launch of the main Integrity@WERQ phase of the research in Wellington, by the New Zealand Ombudsman Peter Boshier, State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes, and project leader Professor A J Brown.

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July 4, 2017