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Public Interest Disclosure

What is a Public Interest Disclosure?

The Public Interest Disclosure (PID) Act 2018 establishes a process that encourages and facilitates the disclosure of public interest information to certain persons or authorities; this information is a Public Interest Disclosure.

A Public Interest Disclosure is a disclosure (report) which is made by a person who discloses to a relevant authority (in local government, that is a council), information which indicates wrongdoing in relation to two types of public interest information:

  1. Environmental and Health information
  2. Public Administration information

For more information, please see the City of Playford - Public Interest Disclosure Procedure document below.

What is Environmental and Health Information?

Environmental and health information is information that raises a potential issue of a substantial risk to the environment or to the health and safety of the public generally or a significant section of the public, whether occurring before or after the commencement of the PID Act.

Who can make a Disclosure of Environmental and Health Information?

Anyone can make a disclosure of environmental and health information.

However, to gain the protections provided under the PID Act, a person who makes a disclosure of environmental and health information:

  • Must believe on reasonable grounds that the information is true; or
  • Not being in a position to form such a belief, believes on reasonable grounds that the information may be true and is of sufficient significance to justify its disclosure so that its truth may be investigated
Who can receive a Disclosure of Environmental and Health Information?

For a disclosure to be considered an appropriate disclosure of environmental and health information it must be made to a relevant authority.

If you have a Disclosure of an environmental nature please contact the Environment Protection Authority.

Where the information relates to a location within the area of a particular local council, you should consider making a Disclosure to an Elected Member, Responsible Officer or employee of that council.

What is Public Administration Information?

Public administration information is any information that raises a potential issue of corruption, misconduct or maladministration in public administration (whether occurring before or after the commencement of this Act).

Who can make a Disclosure of Public Administration Information?

While anyone can make a disclosure of public administration information only public officers (in local government, this is any employee or Elected Member) who make such a disclosure are eligible for the protections provided by the PID Act.

Who can receive a Disclosure of Public Administration Information?

To gain the protections provided by the PID Act a public officer must make a disclosure of public administration information to a relevant authority in circumstances where the public officer reasonably suspects that the information raises a potential issue of corruption, misconduct or maladministration in public administration.

There are a number of relevant authorities that can receive disclosures relating to public administration information.

How do I make a Disclosure of Public Administration Information?

Each relevant authority will have its own procedures in relation to receiving a disclosure of public administration information. You should check with the relevant authority to understand how to make your disclosure to that relevant authority.

What Protections are given under the PID Act?

If disclosures are made in accordance with the Act, the person making them is protected from reprisal. This means that the person enjoys immunity from civil or criminal liability and is protected from any disciplinary action or dismissal.

How can I make a Public Interest Disclosure?

A Public Interest Disclosure can be made either verbally, or in writing via hardcopy and post, email, or by using the online form below. You may also remain anonymous. However where a PID is of a complex nature or involves serious allegations, it is recommended that the disclosure be submitted in writing and marked ‘Strictly Confidential’ for the attention of the City of Playford – Responsible Officer.

Online Form - Public Interest Disclosure

Your name and details will be attached to the disclosure and will only be visible to the investigating Officer.
You may remain anonymous but the disclosure must include sufficient details to enable the matter to be properly investigated

Contact Details

City of Playford Responsible Officers

Susie Reichstein - Acting Senior Manager Governance

Janine Harding - Acting Manager Governance

Phone:

8256 0333 (Request to be transferred to a Responsible Officer under the PID Act)


In Writing:

STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL

Public Interest Disclosure

City of Playford - Responsible Officer

12 Bishopstone Rd, Davoren Park SA 5113


Email:

disclosures@playford.sa.gov.au

Where can I find more Information about Public Interest Disclosures?