The Ombudsman's office holds public interest disclosure (PID) Community of Practice forums in Australian capital cities throughout the year. The next Community of Practice forum is in Brisbane on 22 August; details are available here.
To register your interest for future sessions in your city, send an email to PID@ombudsman.gov.au or call us on 02 6276 3777.
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 requires that agencies notify the Ombudsman of an allocation of a disclosure, and whenever it makes a decision not to investigate a disclosure, or to stop investigating a disclosure.
Where an investigation cannot be completed within 90 days of allocation, agencies can ask the Ombudsman to grant an extension of time to carry out a PID investigation. Forms are provided to facilitate these notifications and requests:
The Ombudsman's report into the operation of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 - Extract from the Commonwealth Ombudsman's 2013-14 Annual Report.
A full copy of the Ombudsman's 2013-14 Annual Report is available from our Publications and Media page.
Commonwealth Ombudsman guides and information sheets explain the PID system, set out the obligations of agencies and suggest best practice for handling public interest disclosures.
- Agency Guide to the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (Version 2, 2016)
- Guide to making a disclosure under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013
- Guide to assessing and managing the risk of reprisal
- Public Interest Disclosure Scheme Reference Guide - setting out key actions for officers with a role in the PID scheme
- Handling a PID Flowchart (A3)
- Guide to delegating the principal officers powers under the PID Act (Coming soon)
- PID - About the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013
- PID - How to make a public interest disclosure
- PID - Responsibilities of principal officers
- PID - Role of authorised officers
- PID - Roles of the Ombudsman and the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security
- Supervisors and the PID scheme
- PID - Managing the risk of reprisal
- PID - Frequently asked questions
The Commonwealth Ombudsman, New South Wales Ombudsman and Queensland Ombudsman have created the Whistling Wiki online community where Australian authorities and PID practitioners can discuss the challenges and best practice in PID schemes.
The Whistling Wiki is a closed online community hosted on govdex. It is free to use and holds a range of useful Australian and international resources for PID practitioners.
To apply for membership of the Whistling Wiki online community, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, view the Whistling Wiki terms of reference.
Government agencies, Commonwealth companies and public authorities are encouraged to use the universal, easily identifiable PID icon as a link on their internal and external websites to facilitate agencies' PID policies and procedures. The graphics are available in various formats for download:
The Commonwealth Ombudsman has developed a set of posters for agencies to use as a part of awareness raising and promotion of the PID scheme.
Three posters are available to download in A2 and A3 size (with crop marks for professional printing) and A4 (without crop marks for regular printing). Space is provided at the bottom of each poster for agencies to add their own information, for example where to locate PID procedures and how to contact an authorised officer.
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For further information or assistance regarding the Public Interest Disclosure (PID), phone 02 6276 5777 or email PID@ombudsman.gov.au