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Public interest disclosure

Under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003, any person can make a disclosure if they believe something is wrong with the way a public authority, public officer or public sector contractor is acting, or may be going to act, which is of public interest.

This might involve:

  • improper conduct
  • an offence under State laws (including corruption)
  • administration matters
  • irregular or unauthorised use of public resources
  • substantial mismanagement of public resources
  • conduct that involves a substantial and specific risk of injury, prejudice to public safety or harm to the environment.

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 outlines what may be disclosed, who it must be disclosed to, and also provides for the protection of people who make a public interest disclosure, as well as those who may be the subject of a disclosure.

The Office of the Public Sector Standards Commissioner's Public Interest Disclosure Officers Code of Conduct and Integrity (PDF 43.5 KB) must be complied with by any person to whom a disclosure is made under this Act.

A public interest disclosure must always be related to a public sector, local government or public university function. It does not apply to information that someone has, or is, engaging in criminal behaviour unconnected to their employment.

The Department of Justice recommends you seek advice from the Department's public interest disclosure officer or the Office of the Public Sector Standards Commissioner, before making a disclosure.

The Act can be accessed via the State Law Publisher website or at the Battye Library of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth.

For more information, or to make a disclosure relating to a Department of Corrective Services employee, contact:

Public Sector Commission
Dumas House
2 Havelock St

Locked Bag 3002

Telephone: +61 8 6552 8500
Toll free: 1800 676 607

Public Interest Disclosure Officer
Department of Justice
David Malcolm Justice Centre
28 Barrack Street

Locked Bag 22
Cloisters Square
PERTH  WA  6850

Toll free: 1300 880 532

Prisoners and detainees can request the forms by using the yellow envelopes available in their units.

Completed forms must be returned in the private envelopes.

Page last updated: 12-Oct-2018