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Public Interest Disclosure

What is the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003?

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 provides the foundation for increasing accountability and confidence in the public sector.

The Act facilitates and encourages the disclosure of public interest information, and provides protection for people who make disclosures and for individuals or parties against whom disclosures are made.

The function of the Act is to eliminate corrupt conduct and maladministration in the public sector.

Definition of a Public Interest Disclosure

A public interest disclosure is made when a person discloses to proper authority information that tends to show past, present or proposed future improper conduct by a public body in the exercise of its functions.

Definitions of improper conduct:

  • An offence against State law;
  • A substantial unauthorised or irregular use of public resources;
  • A substantial mismanagement of public resources;
  • Conduct involving a substantial and specific risk of injury to public health, prejudice to public safety or harm to the environment, or
  • Conduct relating to matters of administration affecting someone in their personal capacity falling within the jurisdiction of the Ombudsman.

View the Commission's Public Interest Disclosure Policy.