Where can I make a disclosure?

You must make your disclosure to a proper authority to be protected under the PID Act.

If it is about the public authority where you work:

Your agency should have internal procedures on how to make a public interest disclosure. These will tell you who your PID officer is. If you cannot find a copy of the internal procedures or you are reluctant to ask for it, you can call the PSC Advisory Line on 6552 8888.

You can also access the PID Officer contact directory.

If it is about another public authority or you are a member of the public:

You can make a disclosure to:

  • the Public Interest Disclosure Officer in that public authority
  • an external proper authority, depending on the nature of the information you have.

Who are the proper authorities?

The following lists the proper authorities for you to make your disclosure to and the contact details for that authority. You may also wish to contact the PSC Advisory Line on 6552 8888.

When the disclosure relates to:

  • Matters about the public authority or its officers or contractor the proper authority is the PID officer of the public authority
  • Offences under State law the proper authority is a police officer or the Corruption & Crime Commission
  • Substantial unauthorised or irregular use of, or substantial mismanagement of, public resources the proper authority is a PID officer of the public authority concerned or the Auditor General
  • Matters of administration affecting someone in their personal capacity falling within the jurisdiction of the Ombudsman the proper authority is a PID officer of the public authority concerned or the WA Ombudsman
  • A police officer the proper authority is the Commissioner of Police or the Corruption & Crime Commission
  • A member of the Legislative Assembly the proper authority is the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
  • A member of the Legislative Council the proper authority is the President of the Legislative Council
  • A judicial officer the proper authority is the Chief Justice
  • A public officer (who is not a member of parliament, a judicial officer or an officer referred to in Schedule 1 of the Parliamentary Commissioner's Act 1971) the proper authority is the PID officer of the public authority concerned, WA Ombudsman or Public Sector Commissioner (see below for more information)

Public Sector Commissioner: Compliance Inquiry (Public Interest Disclosure)

A public officer (who is not a member of parliament, a judicial officer or an officer referred to in Schedule 1 of the Parliamentary Commissioner's Act 1971) can make a disclosure to the Public Sector Commissioner.

Matters that may be assessed and investigated as a disclosure by the PSC relate to the Commissioner’s role under Section 21 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994. The PID Act does not provide the Commissioner with the power and function to investigate issues beyond jurisdiction.

If the PSC does not assess your matter as a PID we may still be able to investigate it as a Matter of Referral. If it is investigated as a Matter of Referral, the protections of the PID Act will not apply.

You can also call the PSC Advisory Line on 6552 8888 for more information about making a public interest disclosure.


Page last updated 13 March 2017