Managing the unauthorised disclosure of information
VAGO is committed to maintaining professional requirements of
discretion and confidentiality including upholding the requirements
of the Audit Act 1994 in relation to material received in
VAGO is also committed to the principles of
natural justice and procedural fairness.
The unauthorised disclosure of information is
treated very seriously. VAGO has an internal guideline,
Managing the unauthorised disclosure of information, which
provides guidance in the case of an unauthorised disclosure of
When there has been an unauthorised disclosure
or it is suspected that such a disclosure has occurred, the
Deputy Auditor-General assesses the data and can authorise an
investigation to occur. The investigation could be internal or
external–involving Victoria Police if there are sufficient
indications that a disclosure has occurred that may constitute a
breach of either sections 12(2) or 20A of the Audit Act
1994. A penalty exists for breaching sections 12(2) or 20A of
the Audit Act 1994.
Further action will vary depending on the type
of disclosure, audit related or non-audit related, on whether the
individual involved can be identified and on the intention behind
the disclosure. Disciplinary action may include prosecution.
Last updated on 19/09/2016