The Public Interest Disclosures Act 2010 (the Act) aims to ensure that government is open and accountable by providing protection for those who speak out about wrongdoing or in other words, make a public interest disclosure (PID).
PID is sometimes referred to as ‘whistleblowing'. Reporting suspected wrongdoing is vital to the integrity of the Queensland public sector.
Isaac Regional Council is committed to the promotion of the public interest and encourages and supports genuine multiple PIDs of any wrongdoing within Council.
For a report of wrongdoing to be considered a PID, it must be:
a) A disclosure of information specified in the Act;
b) Made in the public interest; and
c) To an appropriate public sector entity.
Once considered, a PID will attract the protections under the Act
Making a Public Interest Disclosure
According to the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010, members of the public are encouraged to make a PID regarding:
a) A substantial and specific danger to the health and safety of a person with a disability as defined in the Disability Services Act 1992;
b) A substantial and specific danger to the environment;
c) A reprisal taken against anybody as a result of a PID.
A reprisal is when a person causes, or attempts to conspire to cause detriment to another person because, or in the belief that, another person has made or may make a PID.
The public is encouraged to report all wrongdoing regarding Council, and where any disclosures are received which do not meet the PID requirements, will be considered through council's general complaints process or another appropriate avenue.
Making a Disclosure to the Proper Authority
To identify whether Council is the proper authority to make your report to, you need to consider who and what the report is about. Council is only authorised to receive a PID where:
- The disclosure is about the conduct of Council or its employees;
- Council is responsible for the investigation of particular issues (e.g. matters referred from the Crime and Corruption Commission and/or Queensland Ombudsman).
Anonymous Public Interest Disclosures
Anonymous disclosures can be made, however to enable Council to effectively investigate and ensure appropriate support of the discloser, Council enourages all disclosers to identify themselves.
If a Discloser chooses to remain anonymous, they are asked to provide as much information as possible in their disclosure, to enable a full and thorough investigation of the matter.
Please note that Council will be unable to inform anonymous disclosers of investigation outcomes.
When making a PID you have a responsibility to:
- Provide honest and accurate information. Deliberately providing false or misleading information is an offence under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010;
- Provide all information currently in your possession. You must not seek to investigate the matter yourself;
- Make the disclosure to someone you reasonably believe is the proper authority to receive it.
How do I submit a Public Interest Disclosure?
Public Interest Disclosures should be submitted by:
- Emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Writing to us at PO Box 97, Moranbah Qld 4744
- Attending any of our Customer Services Centres