Section 56 of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 (the ICAC Act) prevents you from publishing or causing to be published that you have reported a person to the Office for Public Integrity (OPI), or that you intend to make a complaint or report, or any other information that might identify the person being reported. The intention of section 56 is to protect people from unnecessary reputational harm.

Section 54 of the ICAC Act also details confidentiality obligations on those who become aware of information connected to a matter as a result of the administration of this Act.

Confidentiality provisions extend to the identity of those people who have made a complaint or report. The publishing of any information that may identify a person who has made a complaint or report is prohibited.

Breaches of these confidentiality provisions could be met with harsh penalties.

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