Public Interest Disclosure

What is a Public Interest Disclosure?

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID Act) commenced on 15 January 2014.  The PID Act promotes integrity and accountability in the Australian Public Service by encouraging disclosure of information about suspected wrongdoing, protecting people who make disclosures and requiring agencies to take action.

The PID Act covers disclosures of ‘disclosable conduct’ which includes:

  • conduct that contravenes a Commonwealth law

  • corruption or maladministration

  • wastage of public money

  • conduct that unreasonably endangers the health and safety of other people or the environment

  • conduct that could give rise to disciplinary action, including a breach of the APS Code of Conduct.

Who can make a Public Interest Disclosure?

A ‘Public Official’ can make a public interest disclosure.  ‘Public Officials’ include agency heads, APS employees and contractors – see s.69 of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 Link opens external website in new tab for a full definition of Public Officials.

What is the role of the Authorised Officer?

Every agency must appoint Authorised Officers to handle public interest disclosures. The Authorised Officer is responsible for handling the disclosure; this includes deciding whether there should be an investigation.

The following staff are Authorised Officers at the ABCC under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013:

  • james.matheson [at] abcc.gov.au (James Matheson) (VIC/TAS)

  • peter.darlaston [at] abcc.gov.au (Peter Darlaston) (ACT/NSW)

  • Liz.Rakitovszky [at] abcc.gov.au (Liz Rakitovszky) (QLD)

  • Stephen.Pemberton [at] abcc.gov.au (Stephen Pemberton) (WA/SA/NT)

Where can people go for more information on Public Information Disclosure?

More information is available on the Commonwealth Ombudsman website Link opens external website in new tab.

View the full Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 Link opens external website in new tab.

Need more information?

For further information, advice or assistance please contact the ABCC at 1800 003 338 or enquiry [at] abcc.gov.au.