Public Interest Disclosure
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (‘the PID Act’) commenced on 15 January 2014. For the purposes of the PID Act, The Australia Council for the Arts (‘Australia Council’) is a Commonwealth agency compelled to comply with the legislation.
The purpose of the PID Act is to “to facilitate disclosure and investigation of wrongdoing and maladministration in the Commonwealth public sector......”.
In summary, the new legislation creates a public interest disclosure scheme which promotes integrity and accountability in the Australian public sector by:
- encouraging and facilitating the disclosure of information by public officials about suspected wrongdoing in the public sector
- ensuring that public officials who make public interest disclosures are supported and protected from adverse consequences
- ensuring that disclosures by public officials are properly investigated and dealt with.