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The purpose of the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2002 (the Act) is to encourage and facilitate the making of disclosures about the improper conduct of public officers or public bodies. The Act provides protection to persons who make disclosures in accordance with the Act, and establishes a system by which the matters disclosed can be investigated and action to rectify any deficiencies can be taken.
The Department of Premier and Cabinet is committed to the aims and objectives of the Act. It does not tolerate improper conduct by its employees or officers, or the taking of detrimental action against those who disclose such conduct.
The Department recognises the value of transparency and accountability in its administrative and management practices, and supports the making of disclosures that reveal corrupt conduct, conduct involving a substantial mismanagement of public resources, or conduct involving a substantial risk to public health and safety or the environment.
The Department will take all reasonable steps to protect people who make such disclosures from any detrimental action in reprisal for making the disclosure. It will also afford natural justice to the person who is the subject of the disclosure.
The procedures below establish a system for reporting disclosures of improper or corrupt conduct by the Department of Premier and Cabinet or its officers or employees.
The procedures are submitted to the Ombudsman for review at least once in each 3 year period to ensure they meet the objectives of the Act, and accord with the Guidelines and Standards published by the Ombudsman under s 38(1)(c) of the Act.
The procedures were approved by the Ombudsman under s 60(3) of the Act on 29 August 2017.
Who may make a Public Interest Disclosure?
Public Interest Disclosures may only be made by current officers or employees of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, or by contractors or former contractors who have (or have had) a contract with the Department for the supply of goods or services.
Public Interest Disclosure Procedure (PDF, 1MB)