- Public Interest Disclosure Scheme
Public Interest Disclosure Scheme
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID Act) commences on 15 January 2014.
The PID Act promotes integrity and accountability in the Australian public sector by encouraging the disclosure of information about suspected wrongdoing, protecting people who make disclosures and requiring agencies to take action.
The purpose of the PID Act is to:
- encourage and facilitate public interest disclosures by public officials
- ensure public officials who make public interest disclosures are supported and protected from adverse consequences
- ensure disclosures by public officials are properly investigated and dealt with.
Who can make a PID?
What classifies as a disclosure?
- A disclosure is information that tends to show, or that the public official reasonably believes tends to show disclosable conduct. Disclosable conduct is conduct engaged in by an agency, public official or contracted service provider.
- Types of disclosable conduct include:
- illegal conduct
- abuse of public trust
- deception relating to scientific research
- wastage of public money
- unreasonable danger to health and safety or to the environment.
Avenues to make a PID
- an authorised officer (AO) who, for ASPI, is the Office Manager and the Business Development and Budget Manager
- directly to an authorised internal recipient (Executive Director, AO, Senior Manager, Commonwealth Ombudsman or Intelligence Agency or Inspector General of Intelligence and Security) if the discloser believes on reasonable grounds that it would be appropriate for the disclosure to be investigated by the Commonwealth Ombudsman.
PIDs to ASPI can be made by:
- written correspondence to an authorised officer via:
Business Administration Manager
Australian Strategic Policy Institute
40 Macquarie Street, Barton ACT 2600
- email to an authorised officer via mailbox: firstname.lastname@example.org
- in person to an authorised officer.