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Disclosures of public administration information

The PID Act will commence on 1 July 2019.

What is public administration information?

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

The definitions of corruption, misconduct and maladministration in public administration are the same as those found in the ICAC Act.

Who can make a disclosure of public administration information?

While anyone can make a disclosure of public administration information only public officers who make such a disclosure are eligible for the protections provided by the PID Act once commenced on 1 July 2019. 

The term 'public officer' is defined in Schedule 1 of the ICAC 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 from 1 July 2019 in circumstances where the public officer reasonably suspects that the information raises a potential issue of corruption, misconduct or maladministration in public administration.

A disclosure of public administration information that is accompanied by such a suspicion is referred to as an appropriate disclosure of public administration information for the purposes of the PID Act.

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.

From 1 July 2019 the OPI can also receive disclosures of public administration information.