The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID Act) underpins the Australian Government’s Public interest disclosure (PID) scheme. Public officials can use the PID scheme to report suspected wrongdoing in the Australian public sector. The scheme protects the discloser from reprisal.
Our department can also issue public interest certificates.
The following are some examples of wrongdoing:
Generally, a discloser must be a current or former public official. This includes:
To gain the protection of the PID Act you must comply with the Act’s requirements.
The PID Act ensures you are immune from civil, criminal and administrative liability (including disciplinary action) that might otherwise arise from making the disclosure. This is subject to some exceptions.
The protection will also ensure there’s no:
To gain the protection of the PID Act you must disclose to an authorised person.
You can make a PID about our department by contacting the Secretary, or an authorised officer. Our authorised officers are:
You can also tell your manager about your disclosure and they will pass it to an authorised officer.
The PID scheme is designed to facilitate internal disclosures and investigations. In limited circumstances, you may want to make a PID to someone outside the Australian Government. If you're considering making such a disclosure, it is important to seek independent legal advice to see if you are protected under the Act.
You don’t have to follow a specific format to make a disclosure.
A disclosure can be made:
Our department prefers PIDs in writing. Please try to cover the following information in your PID:
Last updated: 14 April 2021
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