Public Interest Disclosure

About Public Interest Disclosure

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID Act) is the legislative scheme applying across the Commonwealth public sector. A PID is the reporting of wrongdoing in the Commonwealth public sector. PIDs relate to conduct which it is believed:

Disclosures are about matters where investigation and correction is in the public interest.

Matters where you disagree with a government or DTA policy, action or expenditure are not disclosable conduct. The proper activities of intelligence agencies, the conduct of members of Parliament and judicial conduct are not covered by the PID Act.

Making a Public Interest Disclosure

Any public official can make a PID. A public official includes:

Disclosures can be made:

DTA prefers to have PIDs made in writing however you can also provide a disclosure in person, by telephone, openly or anonymously.

To contact authorised officers:

Protections offered under the PID Act

If you make a disclosure you will:

Information Required when making a Public Interest Disclosure

You should provide as much information as possible, including:

More Information

For more information, consult the Commonwealth Ombudsman website.