Public Interest Disclosures

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012 (the Act) provides a legislative framework for managing serious matters of wrongdoing within Government. A disclosure or complaint to an official becomes a public interest disclosure when it is about conduct or activities that could:

  • amount to a criminal offence or a series malfeasance of public office
  • give grounds for disciplinary action; or
  • endanger public health, safety of the environment.

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. This includes reports of dishonesty, misuse or information or funds.

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 Public Interest Disclosure Guidelines 2019 (the Guidelines) as approved by the Commissioner for Public Administration (the Commissioner) explain and support the Public Interest Disclosure arrangements. The disclosure officers for the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, are as set out in the attached Notifiable instrument N12017 - 666.

The relevant officers are set out below, and may be contacted via Access Canberra on 13 22 81:

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