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Public interest disclosures

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010 (PID Act) (PDF) protects persons who make disclosures about wrongdoings in the public sector. This page explains the steps to follow to make a disclosure about our department.

What is a public interest disclosure?

For allegations to be considered a public interest disclosure (PID), they must be:

  • public interest information about serious wrongdoing or danger
  • an appropriate disclosure
  • made to a proper authority.

Only certain types of public interest information can be considered as a PID.

Any person can disclose information about:

  • substantial and specific danger to the health or safety of a person with a disability
  • substantial and specific danger to the environment (as set out in the PID Act)
  • reprisal action following a PID.

A public sector officer can also make disclosures about:

  • corrupt conduct by another person
  • maladministration that adversely affects a person's interests in a substantial and specific way
  • a substantial misuse of public resources
  • a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety
  • a substantial and specific danger to the environment.

Members of the public can complain about these matters as well, but the PID Act will not apply. Nonetheless, we encourage you to report these matters to us. You can find out more about disclosures covered by the PID Act from the Queensland Ombudsman.

Who to make your disclosure to

Any person can make a disclosure to:

  • Manager Workplace Relations
    Email: ethics@dnrm.qld.gov.au
    Phone: 07 3333 5189
    Post: PO Box 15216, CITY EAST QLD 4002

Employees of the department can also make a disclosure to their manager or supervisor.

Any person can also make a disclosure to the following bodies:

What to include in your disclosure

Please provide the following information:

  • the name and job title of the person who is the subject of the disclosure, if applicable
  • information about relevant events, dates and places
  • the names of people who may be able to provide additional information
  • your contact details or, if you want to remain anonymous, an alias and contact point (for communication about the disclosure assessment and outcome).

What happens after you make a disclosure

We will assess your complaint to see whether it meets the requirements for a public interest disclosure. We will let you know when we complete this assessment.

We will also notify of the outcome of our investigation as soon as practicable.

Further action

You can ask for an internal review of our decision if we decided not to investigate or deal with your complaint or you aren’t satisfied with how we handled your complaint.

To request a review, write to the Manager Workplace Relations, PO Box 15216, CITY EAST QLD 4002.

If you are still not satisfied after this internal review, you can contact the Queensland Ombudsman to request an external review.

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Last updated: 27 April 2017

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