Public officials (disclosers) who suspect wrongdoing within the public sector can raise their concerns under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID Act).
Disclosers can expect that:
- their disclosure will be properly managed
- appropriate action will be taken in relation to any wrongdoing identified, and
- they will receive protection from detrimental treatment or reprisal action and immunities from criminal, civil and administrative liability.
To make a disclosure under the PID Act, and receive the protections and immunities in the PID Act, certain criteria must be met and the disclosure must be made to a person authorised to receive it under the PID Act.
The Governance Officer at the Shire of Capel is an authorised PID Officer, and may be contacted by ringing 9727 0222 and asking for Anna Handley or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current and former public officials are eligible to make public interest disclosures (PID).
More information about who can make disclosures can be found at http://www.ombudsman.gov.au/about/making-a-disclosure/information-for-disclosers
The Ombudsman had also produced a helpful booklet –
Speaking up about Wrongdoing
A guide to making a disclosure under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013.
Information can also be obtained by ringing the PID Advice and Referral Line:
1800 676 607 or (08) 6552 8888
Telephone (08) 6552 8500
Fax: (08) 6552 8501