Public interest disclosure guides
In 2011, the then Crime and Misconduct Commission (now the Crime and Corruption Commission), the Public Service Commission and the Office of the Queensland Ombudsman published three Guides to support the implementation of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010 (PID Act). At that time, the Public Service Commission was the oversight agency under the PID Act.
The Guides were designed to assist public sector organisations, managers and supervisors handle public interest disclosures, and provide advice to public sector employees on making a public interest disclosure.
While the Guides still provide useful advice on making and managing public interest disclosures, it should be noted that in some respects the Guides are out-of-date, including:
- from 1 January 2013 onwards the oversight agency is the Office of the Queensland Ombudsman
- references to the Crime and Misconduct Commission should be read as the Crime and Corruption Commission
- the Crime and Misconduct Act 2001 is now the Crime and Corruption Act 2001
- ‘official misconduct’ is no longer a type of public interest information that can be disclosed under the PID Act and has been replaced with ‘corrupt conduct’ as that is defined at s.15 of the Crime and Corruption Act
- references to the Health Quality and Complaints Commission should be read as the Office of the Health Ombudsman
- references to the Adult Guardian should be read as the Public Guardian
- references to the Department of Environment and Resource Management should be read as the Department of Environment and Science
- references to the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland should be read as the Queensland Human Rights Commission
- contact details provided at the end of each Guide should be independently verified.