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Disclosures of environmental and health information

The PID Act will commence on 1 July 2019.

What is environmental and health information?

Environmental and health information means 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 after the PID Act commences on 1 July 2019:

  • 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 after 1 July 2019.

Where information relates to a risk to the environment you should consider making a disclosure to 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 a member, officer or employee of that council.

There are other relevant authorities that can receive disclosures relating to environmental and health information.