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.
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.
Mr Andrew Brien, Chief Executive Officer
Mr Dan West, Manager Human Resources
Telephone: (08) 9272 0622
Email the City's PID Officers at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively visit the PID website