The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 (the PID Act) aims to ensure openness and accountability in government by encouraging people to make disclosures about improper conduct within the State public sector, local government and public universities without fear of reprisal.
What is a Public Interest Disclosure?
A disclosure is more than a general complaint about dissatisfaction with a product or service or a decision by government, and it is more than a personal grievance that can be resolved by agreement between parties.
In order to be covered by the PID Act, the disclosure must relate to information that would be a matter of public interest and tend to show wrongdoing by a public authority, an officer or a contractor when performing a public function. The information must relate to the performance of a public function of the organisation.
What are types of wrongdoing?
• An offence under State law
• Substantial misuse or mismanagement of the authority’s resources
• Substantial risk of injury to public health, safety or the environment
• Administrative matters covered by the Ombudsman
• Improper conduct.
Who can make a public interest disclosure?
Anyone who believes on reasonable grounds that the information they have is or may be true can make a disclosure, including an employee of a public authority and a member of the public.
Before making a disclosure, you should contact the Public Interest Disclosure Officer in the relevant authority to find out more about:
• How to make the disclosure and who you should disclose to
• Your rights and responsibilities
• The protections that will apply
• Whether the information you have is covered by the Act.
If your information is not covered by the Act you can still make your disclosure to the public authority concerned using its grievance process (if you are or were an employee at the time the incident occurred) or its complaints management process (if you are a member of the public). Once you have been informed about the Act and your rights and responsibilities, you must make it clear that you have chosen to make your disclosure under the Act. Generally, the PID officer will have a PID lodgement form for you to sign.
Who are the City's PID Officers?
Ms Vicki Coles
Telephone: (08) 9272 0614
Ms Francesca Lefante
Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (08) 9272 0622
Email the City's PID Officers at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about public interest disclosures call the PID Advice and Referral Line 1800 355 835.
Alternatively visit the PID website