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Overview of the PID Scheme

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID Act) encourages and enables public officials (disclosers) to raise suspected wrongdoing within the Commonwealth public sector.

All Australian government agencies, Commonwealth companies and public authorities have responsibilities under the PID Act to investigate suspected wrongdoing and take appropriate action. Disclosers are also afforded protections from reprisal action and certain immunities from liability.

The Commonwealth Ombudsman has a key role in the monitoring and oversight of the PID Act, and providing assistance to disclosers and agencies.

Information for disclosers Information for agencies

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

Ombudsman's Annual Report on the Operation of the PID scheme

The Ombudsman will be sending agencies the PID Annual Report Survey in mid-June 2015. The survey will differ to some extent to last year's and will include questions about:

  • Agency training and awareness raising activities
  • Policy and procedures regarding reprisal actions
  • The assessment and allocation of public interest disclosures
  • PID investigations, investigation recommendations and action taken to address recommendations

Agencies will be asked to respond by 13 July 2015.