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||This thesis is an analysis of how external accountability agencies, particularly ombudsmen, corruption commissions and auditors-general, have institutionalised their roles in whistleblowing schemes enacted in a range of Australian jurisdictions, and what kind of impact they are having as a result.
This thesis is a qualitative study using interview and survey material gathered by an ARC Linkage Project Whistling While they Work: Enhancing the Theory and Practice of Internal Witness Management in Public Sector Organisations. It examines why and when people choose to approach accountability agencies, how their allegations of wrongdoing are dealt with and what outcomes there are - for the reporter, the wrongdoer and the government agency in which they are employed. This analysis will enable an evaluation of the degree to which accountability agencies are contributing to improved public sector accountability through encouraging reporting of wrongdoing by employees, investigating allegations and protecting whistleblowers.