Public Interest Disclosure Scheme
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID Act) came into effect on 15 January 2014.
The scheme facilitates disclosure and investigation of wrongdoing across the Commonwealth public sector; provides protections against adverse consequences for both current and former public officials who report information that should be disclosed in the public interest; and requires agencies to take action.
The emphasis of the scheme is on disclosures being made and investigated within government.
NTC is committed to encouraging the reporting of wrongdoing, and supporting people who make disclosures under the PID Act.
What type of information is ‘disclosable conduct’?
You can disclose information about a suspected wrongdoing that shows ‘disclosable conduct’ that:
- contravenes a law
- perverts the course of justice
- is corrupt
- is based on improper motives
- is unreasonable, unjust, oppressive or negligent
- is an abuse of public trust
- involves fabrication, falsification, plagiarism or deception relating to scientific research, or other misconduct in relation to scientific research, analysis or advice
- results in wastage of public money or public property
- unreasonably endangers health and safety or the environment.
Who can make a disclosure?
A current or former ‘public official’ can disclose information that they believe on reasonable grounds tends to show disclosable conduct. This includes Commonwealth Government public servants, statutory agencies and office holders, staff of Commonwealth contracted service providers, and persons taken to be public officials.
How do I make a disclosure to the NTC?
Current NTC employees can make a disclosure to:
- NTC Authorised Officer (Chief Corporate Officer)
- their supervisor or manager (who will pass the matter on to the Authorised Officer)
- NTC Principal Officer (Chief Executive).
Other public officials should contact NTC’s Authorised Officer in the first instance.
The NTC's authorised officer
Under the PID Act, NTC must appoint an authorised officer to handle public interest disclosures.
NTC has appointed an authorised officer who can be contacted by anyone wishing to make a disclosure via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: (03) 9236 5038.
Where the disclosure meets the internal disclosure requirements of the PID Act, the authorised officer must investigate the disclosure within 90 days, unless the PID Act allows otherwise.
What protection do I have?
The PID Act protects public officials and former public officials from adverse consequences of disclosing information that, in the public interest, should be disclosed. Protections under the PID Act include immunity from civil, criminal or administrative liability; protection of the discloser's identity, and protection from reprisal. These protections are available even if the discloser's report of wrongdoing turns out to be incorrect or unable to be substantiated, provided the discloser reasonably believes at the time of the disclosure, that the information tends to show disclosable conduct.
Anyone seeking further information or considering making a disclosure should contact the NTC's authorised officer via email: email@example.com or telephone: (03) 9236 5038.
For further information on the operation of the PID Scheme more generally, please see the information provided by the Commonwealth Ombudsman at www.pid.ombudsman.gov.au.
The Commonwealth Ombudsman can be contacted on 1300 362 072. The PID Information line is (02) 6276 3777. Email: PID@ombudsman.gov.auLast Updated: 20/6/2016