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Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (the Act) is a legislative scheme for the reporting and investigation of allegations of serious wrongdoing in the Commonwealth public sector. Under the Act, current and former public officials (as defined in
section 69 of the Act) can report suspected wrongdoing in the Commonwealth public sector.
The objectives of the Act are to:
Disclosable conduct is defined in
section 29 of the Act and includes conduct that:
Generally, a discloser must be a current or former public official including:
The Act ensures you are immune from civil, criminal and administrative liability (including disciplinary action) that might otherwise arise from making the disclosure. However, you would not be protected from liability (including disciplinary action) if you knowingly making a false or misleading statement, or knowingly making a disclosure that contravenes a designated publication restriction without reasonable excuse (see
sections 11 and 11A of the Act).
Making a disclosure does not entitle you to protection from the consequences of your own wrongdoing (see
section 12 of the Act).
The protection will also ensure there’s no:
A disclosure can be made to an Authorised Officer, who is appointed by the agency to accept, process and manage PIDs. You can make a disclosure to an Authorised officer by:
Subject lines should be marked “Confidential – CER PID”.
If you are concerned about making a disclosure directly to the agency, you can make a disclosure to the
To assist us in assessing and properly investigating your PID, you should generally include:
To assist in the implementation of the scheme, the Clean Energy Regulator has developed
Procedures for Handling PID.
The Public Interest Disclosure Scheme is supported by the Commonwealth Ombudsman. Further information can be found on the
Commonwealth Ombudsman’s website.
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