Public Interest Disclosure

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The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID Act) came into operation in January 2014 to encourage public officials to disclose suspected wrongdoing in the Commonwealth public sector.

Information for Agencies

Information for Disclosers

Disclosures about the Commonwealth Ombudsman

You can view our privacy statement relating to our PID function here.

What’s new

  • New agency guide - the Ombudsman’s office has released a revised Agency guide to the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013.
  • Review - The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 is currently being reviewed by Mr Philip Moss, the former Integrity Commissioner and head of the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity. The Ombudsman’s office has made a submission to the review, which you can view here. Further details about the review can be found on the PM&C website.
  • Discloser survey – Mr Moss and his review team are seeking participants for a survey on the experience of people who have considered, attempted, or actually reported matters under Commonwealth Public Interest Disclosure scheme. For more information, or to participate in the survey, please visit the review team’s website.
  • Whistleblowing research – The Commonwealth Ombudsman is a partner in a major research project into managerial responses to whistleblowing in the public and private sector organisations. The Whistling While they Work 2 Project is seeking agency participants in a survey on organisational whistleblowing policies. To participate in the survey, or learn more about the research project, visit the website.

Public officials who suspect wrongdoing within the Commonwealth public sector can raise their concerns under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013.