Public Interest Disclosure Act

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 (PID Act) facilitates the disclosure of public interest information, and provides protection for those making disclosures and those who are the subject of disclosures. The PID Act provides a system for the matters disclosed to be investigated and for appropriate action to be taken.

Section 22 of the PID Act requires the Commissioner to report annually to Parliament on:

  • the Commissioner’s obligations under the PID Act;
  • compliance or non-compliance with the PID Act; and
  • compliance or non-compliance with the PID Officer’s code of conduct and integrity.

The Commissioner may also at any time lay before each House of Parliament a report on any matter arising in connection with the Commissioner’s functions under the Act.

To enable the Commissioner to meet these obligations, public authorities provide information to the Commissioner.

Information about Public Interest Disclosures is included in the annual State of the Sector Report.


Page last updated 25 September 2012