Public Interest Disclosures
As of 1 July 2019, South Australians now receive protection under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2018, the PID Act. The PID Act replaces the Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993.
South Australians are protected when they reveal information ('public interest information') which they believe:
- poses a substantial risk to public health and safety, or to the environment, or
- in specific circumstances - when they make a disclosure of 'public administration information', as long as they comply with the requirements set out in the PID Act.
The protections of the PID Act apply differently to these two types of public interest information.
- They apply to all persons (informants) who make an appropriate disclosure of environmental and health information.
- They apply only to public officers who make an appropriate disclosure of public administration information.
Public administration information, is information about;
- potential corruption,
- misconduct or
- maladministration in public administration.
Complaints need to show the information was an 'appropriate disclosure', this includes:
- what type of public interest information was disclosed,
- who the information was disclosed to, and
- their belief or suspicion was reasonable as required by the PID Act.
The PID Act protects informants from:
- being victimised for revealing public interest information as long as they comply with the requirements of the PID Act.
Informants can lodge a complaint of victimisation with the Equal Opportunity Commission.
Further information about the PID Act and the protections under this Act, can be found at: publicsector.sa.gov.au