How to manage a public interest disclosure

Chief executive officers of public sector agencies have obligations under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010 and the Public Interest Disclosure Standard No 1 to ensure that:

  • public officers of the agency who make Public Interest Disclosures are given appropriate support
  • public officers are offered protection from reprisals
  • the agency has a management program for Public Interest Disclosures, in accordance with the Public Interest Disclosure Standard No. 1
  • Public Interest Disclosures made to the agency are properly assessed and investigated
  • appropriate action is taken in relation to any wrongdoing that is the subject of a Public Interest Disclosure.
The following information and advice will assist agencies to ensure they meet their obligations.


Receiving and managing public interest disclosures

Lean how a public interest disclosure is assessed and handled.

Providing information and support to disclosers

Processes to support, protect and communicate with disclosers.

Does your public interest disclosure policy measure up?

A checklist for assessing public interest disclosure policies.

Assessing the risk of reprisal

A guide to identify, assess and evaluate the risk of reprisal.