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The Public Information Disclosure Act 2018 has replaced the SA Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993.

Under the new Act there are two types of information that can be received. These are:

1. Environment and health information: Information that raises a potential issue of a substantial risk to the environment or to the health and safety of the public generally or a significant section of the public.

To gain the protections provided under the PID Act, a person who makes a disclosure of environmental and health information:

  • Must believe on reasonable grounds that the information is true; or
  • Not being in a position to form such a belief, believes on reasonable grounds that the information may be true and is of sufficient significance to justify its disclosure so that its truth may be investigated.

For a disclosure to be considered an appropriate disclosure of environmental and health information it must be made to a relevant authority.


2. Public administration information: Information that raises a potential issue of corruption, misconduct or maladministration in public administration.

While anyone can make a disclosure of public administration information only public officers (in local government, this is any employee or Elected Member) who make such a disclosure are eligible for the protections provided by the PID Act.

To gain the protections provided by the PID Act a public officer must make a disclosure of public administration information to a relevant authorityin circumstances where the public officer reasonably suspects that the information raises a potential issue of corruption, misconduct or maladministration in public administration.

 

 


Fact sheets

To assist the community in understanding the new protections, the following links to fact sheets are provided:

 

Council procedure

Council has developed a Public Interest Disclosure Procedure in line with the Act.

 


 

Further information

To find out more about the legislation click on the links below:

 


 

Contacting us

A Public Interest Disclosure can be made either verbally, or in writing via post or email. You may remain anonymous.

Where a disclosure is of a complex nature or involves serious allegations, it is recommended it be submitted in writing and marked ‘Strictly Confidential – Attention: Responsible Officer’.

Any person wishing to provide information in accordance with the Public Information Disclosure Act 2018 can contact one of the following officers:

Emails should also carry the subject line ‘Strictly Confidential – Attention: Responsible Officer’.

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