Whistleblowers Protection Act

Whistleblowers Protection Act


The Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993 (SA) protects people who reveal information that is important for the public to know. It may be information about a person who has:

  • risked public health, safety or the environment
  • acted illegally
  • wasted public money
  • misused public resources.

The Whistleblowers Protection Act protects people from:

  • being victimised for revealing such information
  • legal action taken against them for revealing the information in good faith.

Victims can lodge a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Commission. Complaints need to show that:

  • information was revealed
  • it was in the public interest
  • it was appropriate to reveal the information
  • the person or organisation complained against has damaged you
  • the main reason you have suffered was because you revealed the information.