Your voice matters: Supporting public servants to speak up


This month four whistle-blowers formerly employed by the Ministry of Transport were compensated following revelations they were unfairly treated for raising concerns about the conduct of convicted fraudster Joanne Harrison.

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No public servant should ever be disadvantaged for speaking the truth to their employer.

This month, protections in place for whistle-blowers were questioned after a report released by Deputy State Services Commissioner Sandi Beatie found former Ministry of Transport staff were either made redundant, or missed out on a pay increase, after speaking up about suspected fraudulent activity.

PSA Acting National Secretary Kerry Davies told media that public servants must be able to voice genuine concerns without fear of the consequences, and agencies must promote a culture of listening to staff - not just senior managers.

The PSA also welcomed new standards proposed by the State Services Commission around speaking up in the wider public service. The standards set out what’s expected of both employers and employees in the public service, and highlight the importance of disclosing wrongdoing to a healthy democracy. You can read the proposed standards here.