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Public Interest Disclosure

Under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003, any person can make disclosure if they believe something is wrong with the way a public authority, public officer or public sector contractor is acting, or may be going to act, which is of public interest.

This might involve:

  • Improper conduct
  • An offence under State laws (including corruption)
  • Administration matters
  • Irregular or unauthorised use of public resources
  • Substantial mismanagement of public resources and
  • Conduct that involves a substantial and specific risk of injury, prejudice to public safety or harm to the environment.

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 outlines what may be disclosed, who it must be disclosed to, and also provides for the protection of people who make a public interest disclosure (PID), as well as those who may be subject of a PID.

A PID must always be in the public interest to report it. It does not apply to information that someone has, or is, engaging in criminal behaviour unconnected to their employment.

The Department recommends you seek advice before making a PID.

For further information?

The contact details of the PID Officer are as follows:

Manager, Management Assurance
Department of the Attorney General
David Malcolm Justice Centre
28 Barrack Street

Phone: 9264 1019 (confidential line)

The Public Sector Commission also provides information for people thinking of making a disclosure and to assist public authorities in complying with their obligations under the Act.

Last updated: 31-Jan-2017

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