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Public Interest Disclosure

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Public Interest Disclosure

The purpose of the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2002 (the Act) is to encourage and facilitate the making of disclosures about the improper conduct of public officers or public bodies. The Act provides protection to persons who make disclosures in accordance with the Act, and establishes a system by which the matters disclosed can be investigated and action to rectify any deficiencies can be taken.

The Department of Economic Development Tourism and the Arts (the Department) is committed to the aims and objectives of the Act.  It does not tolerate improper conduct by its employees, officers or members, or the taking of detrimental action against those who come forward to disclose such conduct.

The Department recognises the value of transparency and accountability in its administrative and management practices, and supports the making of disclosures that reveal the type of conduct to which the Act is directed.

The Department will take all reasonable steps to protect people who make a disclosure from any detrimental action in reprisal for making the disclosure, and to protect their welfare.  It will also afford natural justice to all parties involved in the investigation of a disclosure.

Who can make a disclosure?

Department of Economic Development Tourism and the Arts employees, other state servants, contractors or former contractors can report any improper conduct (or detrimental action) by Departmental employees or officers.

Process for Reporting a Disclosure

A disclosure about improper conduct or detrimental action by the Department or one of its officers may be made in person, by telephone or in writing to the following:

The attached procedures establish a system for reporting disclosures of improper or corrupt conduct by Department of Economic Development Tourism and the Arts or its employees.

Public Interest Disclosure Procedures pdflogo (Adobe PDF)
Public Interest Disclosure Procedures wordlogo (MS Word)

If you wish to report your disclosure in writing, the lodgement form can be downloaded here.

Public Interest Disclosure (Lodgement) Form pdflogo (Adobe PDF)
Public Interest Disclosure (Lodgement) Form wordlogo (MS Word)


The Department will take all reasonable steps to protect the identity of a discloser.  Maintaining confidentiality is crucial in ensuring reprisals are not made against the discloser. For further information please refer to the complete Ombudsman Guidelines.


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