Public interest disclosures

What is the purpose of the Public Interest Disclosure Act and what are the policies and procedures for reporting wrongdoing under the Act?

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1994 (PID Act) was established to provide protection for public officials disclosing:

  • corrupt conduct
  • serious maladministration
  • serious and substantial waste of public money
  • government information contravention in the public sector.

To be covered by the PID Act, the public official making the report has to honestly believe, on reasonable grounds, that the information shows or tends to show one of these four categories of wrongdoing. Under the PID Act , a ‘public official’ also includes a contractor or consultant providing a service to or on behalf of a public authority

For further information, see Public Interest Disclosure (PID) Internal Reporting Policy and Procedures.

Other reports of wrongdoing may not meet the definition of "protected disclosures"; however, the Office of Environment and Heritage supports and encourages such reports, as we do not condone or tolerate wrongdoing in the workplace.

Page last updated: 28 November 2016