The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010 (the PID Act) replaced the Whistle Blowers Protection Act 1994. The PID Act aims to ensure that government is open and accountable by providing protection for those who speak out about wrongdoing by making a public interest disclosure (PID).
Reporting suspected wrongdoing is vital to the integrity of the Queensland public sector.
A Public Interest Disclosure (PID) is a report of suspected wrongdoing or danger. For an allegation, to be considered a PID and attract the protections under the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2010, it must be:
Any person, including public sector officers, may disclose information about:
A public sector officer may also disclose information about:
Reprisal occurs if a person causes or attempts to cause detriment to you, because they believe you:
Burke Shire Council would be authorised to receive a PID where:
You can make an anonymous PID. Remaining anonymous means you do not identify yourself as the discloser at any stage to anyone. However, anonymous PIDs are often more difficult to investigate. Council strongly encourages disclosers to identify themselves if possible.
If you do identify yourself to the person who receives your PID, Council shall make every effort to keep your identity confidential. Remember that Council will not be able to inform you of any action it takes if you remain anonymous.
Alternatively, you can make your disclosure to the Queensland Ombudsman, if it concerns maladministration or a waste of public funds or a Member of Parliament.
Level 18, 53 Albert Street, Brisbane
GPO Box 3314, Brisbane QLD 4001
07 3005 7000
1800 068 908 (toll-free outside Brisbane)
GPO Box 3123, Brisbane QLD 4001
Level 2, North Tower Green Square, 515 St Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley
07 3360 6060
1800 061 611 (in Queensland, outside Brisbane)
Strict confidentiality requirements apply to PIDs. Confidential PID information can be recorded or disclosed:
When making a PID, you have a responsibility to:
Those who make a PID will be afforded reasonable protection from reprisals.