Does your public interest disclosure policy measure up?
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010 (PID Act) and the Queensland Ombudsman’s Public Interest Disclosure Standard No 1 sets out the requirements for public sector entities to prepare for and respond to a PID.
The PID Act requires an entity’s chief executive to establish reasonable procedures for dealing with PIDs and ensure the procedures are published on a website readily accessible to the public.
We have developed a self-assessment checklist (PDF 126.6KB) to enable you to review your entity’s PID policy and identify areas for improvement.
Public Interest Disclosure policy framework
The purpose of the PID Act is to facilitate the disclosure, in the public interest, of information about wrongdoing in the public sector and to provide protection for those who make disclosures.
The objects of the PID Act are:
- To promote the public interest by facilitating public interest disclosure of wrongdoing in the public sector
- To ensure that PIDs are properly assessed and, when appropriate, properly investigated and dealt with
- To ensure that appropriate consideration is given to the interests of persons who are the subject of a PID
- To afford protection form reprisals to persons making PIDs.
In accordance with section 28(1) of the PID Act, chief executive officers of public sector entities must establish reasonable procedures to deal with public interest disclosures. This encompasses procedures to support staff making disclosures and protect them from reprisal, ensure that disclosures are properly assessed and actioned, and implement a PID management program consistent with Public Interest Disclosure Standard No. 1. Chief executive officers are also required, under section 28(2) of the PID Act, to publish the procedures on a website accessible by the public. The table below highlights which sections of the Public Interest Disclosure Standard No. 1 provide guidance about each obligation under section 28(1) of the PID Act.
|Section 28 Reasonable procedures to deal with public interest disclosures -
||Queensland Ombudsman's Public Interest Disclosure Standard No 1
|A management program for PIDS consistent with the PID standard is developed and implemented
6.1 Organisational commitment
6.2 Oversight within the entity
|PIDS made to the organisation are properly assessed and, when appropriate, properly investigated and dealt with
||6.3 Receiving and assessing PIDs
|Appropriate action is taken in relation to any wrongdoing that is the subject of a PID made to the entity
||6.4 Taking action on a PID
|Reasonable support for public officers of the entity who make PIDs
6.5 Informing the discloser
6.6 Discloser support and protection
|Public officers of the entity are offered protection from reprisals by the entity or other public officer of the entity
||6.7 Managing reprisals