The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID Act) promotes integrity and accountability in the Australian public sector by encouraging the disclosure of information about suspected wrongdoing. It protects public officials who make disclosures and requires that agencies take action.
The emphasis of the scheme is on disclosures being made and investigated within government. The seriousness of the PID scheme is supported by requirements in the PID Act regarding protections for individuals who make a PID, investigations and reporting to the Ombudsman. Information about the PID scheme is available on the Ombudsman’s website: https://www.ombudsman.gov.au/Our-responsibilities/making-a-disclosure.
The PID Act is not intended to replace existing processes for dealing with workplace grievances and misconduct, such as bullying and harassment, but rather to supplement them.
The PID Act also offers legal protections for people who make genuine disclosures. All individuals eligible to make a disclosure under the PID Act have general civil, criminal and administrative immunity if they make a genuine disclosure in accordance with the PID Act.
If you are:
- a current or former ARPC staff member; or
- an individual who is or was a contracted service provider to ARPC, or who is or was employed by a contracted service provider to ARPC, and in either case involved in providing goods or services to ARPC, and you have information about actual, suspected or probable illegal conduct or other wrongdoing at ARPC, you can make a public interest disclosure under the PID Act. Other persons working in, or with a relevant connection to, the Commonwealth public sector can also make public interest disclosures.
In order to be covered by the legal provisions of the PID Act, you must report your concern to your supervisor (if you are a current ARPC staff member) or one of the following people (each an ‘Authorised Officer’):
- Chief Operating Officer
- Chief Financial Officer
- Chief Executive Officer
ARPC’s Authorised Officers can be contacted by:
- calling + 61 2 8223 6779;
- writing to PO Box Q1432, Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230
- sending an email to [email protected]
For further information on ARPC’s PID Procedure, including details on who can make a disclosure, what can be reported and how to do so, please read ARPC’s Public Interest Disclosure Procedure.