The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID Act) is the legislation underpinning the Commonwealth Government’s Public Interest Disclosure (PID) Scheme to encourage public officials to report suspected wrongdoing in the Australian public sector. The PID Act offers protection to ‘whistleblowers’ from reprisal action. The protection applies to public officials who disclose suspected illegal conduct, corruption, maladministration, abuses of public trust, deception relating to scientific research, wastage of public money, unreasonable danger to health or safety, danger to the environment or abuse of position or conduct which may be grounds for disciplinary action. The office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman is responsible for promoting awareness and understanding of the PID Act and monitoring its operation; as well as providing guidance, information and resources about making, managing and responding to disclosures.
You can view our privacy statement relating to our PID function here.
- Agency guide - the Ombudsman’s office has released a revised Agency guide to the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013.
- Review - An Independent Review of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 was concluded in July by Mr Philip Moss, the former Integrity Commissioner and head of the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity. The Ombudsman’s office made a submission to the review, which you can view here. Mr Moss delivered the review report to the Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Senator the hon. Michaelia Cash on 15 July 2016. The report must be tabled within 15 Parliamentary sitting days, and is not yet publicly available. Further details about the review can be found on the PM&C 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. To 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.