If requested, the identity of the whistleblower will be kept strictly confidential by the WPO, WIO and Fair Call unless:
- The person making the report consents to the disclosure.
- The disclosure is required by law.
A whistleblower that reports matters on reasonable grounds will not be penalised or personally disadvantaged because they have reported a matter. NetComm will not tolerate any instances of legitimate whistleblowers being:
- subjected to any form of intimidation, harassment and persecution; or
A whistleblower who believes they , or their family, has been the victim of any of the above by reason of their status as a whistleblower, should immediately report the matter to the WPO. Where an incident of this nature occurs, the NetComm Anti-discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy will apply.
Any NetComm employee, director, contractor, partner, supplier or consultant who is found to have dismissed, demoted, intimidated, harassed, or discriminated against a whistleblower by reason of their status as a whistleblower, will be subjected to disciplinary measures. A whistleblower who has been involved in the reported Misconduct may be provided with immunity or due consideration from NetComm initiated disciplinary proceedings, by agreement with NetComm. NetComm however, has no power to provide immunity from criminal prosecution.
Support and Communication
Where possible, and where the whistleblower has chosen to disclose their identity the whistleblower will be kept informed of the outcome of the investigation of his/ her report, subject to privacy and confidentiality considerations. All whistleblowers must maintain confidentiality of all such reports and not disclose details to any person.
Additional support will be provided to the whistleblower with access to counselling support provided by a third party, if requested.
Whilst not intending to discourage whistleblowers from reporting matters of genuine concern, whistleblowers must ensure as far as possible, that reports are factually accurate, complete, from firsthand knowledge, presented in an unbiased fashion (and any possible perception of bias of the whistleblower is disclosed), and without material omission.
Where it is established by the WIO that the whistleblower is not acting objectively on reasonable grounds , or they have made a false report of Misconduct (including where the allegation has been made maliciously, vexatiously or without any basis), then they will be subjected to disciplinary proceedings, which may include summary dismissal.
Document Retention and Confidentiality
All information, documents, records and reports relating to the investigation of a reported misconduct will be confidentially stored and retained in an appropriate and secure manner.
KPMG Privacy Statement
This service is provided by KPMG Australia. This service is an independently monitored, external, anonymous service for you to report concerns of possible fraudulent or unethical behaviour relating to NetComm Wireless. If your matter does not relate to such issues, please contact NetComm Wireless directly.
Where KPMG Australia collects personal information as part of this service, it is provided in accordance with KPMG Australia’s Privacy Statement.
Publication of Policy
A copy of this policy is available at www.netcomm.com and employee intranet.