Public Interest Disclosures

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012 (the Act) came into effect on 1 February 2013, replacing the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1994, strengthens provisions for reporting and responding to disclosures.

Employees of the ACT Public Service and members of the community are encouraged to disclose conduct adverse to the public interest in the public sector. The Act provides rights and protection for people who report corrupt, illegal or improper conduct or substantial waste of public resources. It ensures that ACT government agencies deal with disclosures and act on substantiated disclosures.

The Guidelines for Public Interest Disclosure Guidelines 2014 (the Guidelines) as approved by the Commissioner for Public Administration (the Commissioner) explain and support the Public Interest Disclosure arrangements. In accordance with the Guidelines, the Commissioner has approved EPD's Statement of Endorsement (PDF) (436Kb) (Word) (63Kb) which confirms the adoption of these Guidelines for EPD.

Further information on the Act can also be found on the Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate Factsheet (241Kb).

Reports of wrong-doing by ACT public officials such as dishonesty, or misuse of information or funds are covered by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012. More information can found on the public sector management website at http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/governance/home