The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 (the Act) enables people to make disclosures about wrongdoing within the State public sector, local government and public universities without fear of reprisal. The Act aims to ensure openness and accountability in government by encouraging people to make disclosures, and protecting them when they do.
The Act allows you to disclose public interest information and provides you with protection for doing so. Making a public interest disclosure (a disclosure) enables public authorities to investigate and deal straight away with matters that may otherwise have gone unnoticed or unreported.
Making a disclosure or ‘whistleblowing’ is a serious matter and in many cases it will take courage and trust for people holding information to come forward. For more information about public interest disclosure visit the Public Sector Commission website or contact the shire’s Public Interest Disclosure Officer on 9734 9000.