Public interest disclosure

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (the PID Act) promotes accountability and integrity in the Australian Public Service. This page has information on public interest disclosures and how to make a disclosure.

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (the Act) promotes accountability and integrity in the Commonwealth public sector, by encouraging the disclosure of information about suspected wrongdoing, supporting and protecting disclosers from adverse consequences and ensuring that public interest disclosures are effectively dealt with.

Under the Act, public officials can report concerns about suspected wrongdoing in the Commonwealth public sector.

You are a public official if you:

  • are an employee of Safe Work Australia
  • have ever worked for Safe Work Australia
  • provided a service to Safe Work Australia under a Commonwealth contract

The Act can also apply to other people, in certain circumstances.

Safe Work Australia follows certain procedures for making and dealing with public interest disclosures under the Act.

How to make a public interest disclosure

You can email us with your disclosure or enquiry.

Or write to:

 

Authorised Officer

Public Interest Disclosure

Safe Work Australia 

GPO Box 641 CANBERRA ACT 2601

 

You can be open or anonymous when making your disclosure.

If you prefer, you can also make a disclosure to the Commonwealth Ombudsman. The Ombudsman may pass on the disclosure to us for investigation.

What information to include

To assist you and investigate your disclosure, you should include:

  • your contact details, unless you want to remain anonymous
  • as much detail as possible about the alleged wrongdoing, including who did it, when it happened, if anyone else was there, and what else was happening at the time
  • if you responded in any way
  • details of other witnesses
  • any supporting evidence

Please also tell us if you are worried about the issue and how it might affect you.

Further advice

The Commonwealth Ombudsman is responsible for the public interest disclosure scheme and has more information for disclosers.