The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 aims to facilitate and encourage the disclosure of public interest information and to provide protection for those who make disclosures and for those whom disclosures are made.
The Act is a significant step towards reducing and eliminating corrupt conduct and maladministration in the public sector.
The Mindarie Regional Council views the legislation as providing a solid foundation for increasing accountability and public confidence. The provision of complaints and grievance avenues, to both employees and members of the public, is indicative of good management. While protected disclosures offer another avenue for receiving and resolving complaints. The Act provides a means of assisting in the identification of areas of maladministration, criminal and ethical risk of public interest and taking remedial action in addressing those issues.
The MRC's Public Interest Disclosure Officer is Ms Sonia Cherico. Ms Cherico can be contacted by telephone on 9306 6303 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also phone the Public Sector Commission's PID Advice and Referral Line on 1800 676 607 before making a disclosure. All contact and related discussions are treated in the strictest confidence, in accordance with the requirements of the Public Interest Disclosure Act.
For persons wishing to lodge a Public Interest Disclosure please download the MRC's Public Interest Disclosure Procedure - 2017 (pdf)
How can I find out more information about the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003?
The Public Sector Commission has a website dedicated to the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003. Visit their website to find out more information.