Public Interest Disclosure

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 (the PID Act) aims to ensure transparency 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 wrong doing?

Wrongdoing includes:

  • 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 (contact details below) 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?

Mr Andrew Brien, Chief Executive Officer

Mr Dan West, Manager Human Resources

Telephone: (08) 9272 0622

Email the City's PID Officers at:

Alternatively visit the PID website

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