Public Interest Disclosure scheme
The Public Interest Disclosure Scheme (‘PID scheme’) was established by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (‘PID Act’) which came into effect on 15 January 2014. The PID Act replaces the ‘whistleblower’ provisions previously contained within the Public Service Act 1999.
The PID Act promotes the integrity and accountability of the Commonwealth public sector by:
- encouraging and facilitating the disclosure of suspected wrongdoing
- protecting people who make disclosures; and
- ensuring disclosures are properly investigated and dealt with
What is a PID?
Allegations of wrongdoing made under the PID Act are known as public interest disclosures (‘PID’). Conduct which may be the subject of a PID includes, but is not limited to:
- a contravention of the law
- perverting the course of justice
- an abuse of public trust
- falsifying scientific research
- wastage of public money; or
- conduct that constitutes a danger to health, safety or the environment.
Who can make a PID?
A person must be a current or former ‘public official’ to make a PID. This includes:
- Australian Public Service employees
- Staff and directors of Commonwealth companies
- Statutory office holders; and
- Staff of Commonwealth contracted service providers
How to make a PID
Public officials who intend to make a PID related to ARENA should make the PID to an authorised officer.
ARENA’s authorised officers are:
- Darren Miller (principal officer)
- Ian Kay (authorised officer)
- Kirsty Gowans (authorised officer)
- Nicola Morris (authorised officer)
Alternatively, persons who are current public officials may inform their supervisor of the PID who must then inform an authorised officer. Individuals with supervisory responsibilities within ARENA must familiarise themselves with the requirements of the PID scheme including the type of wrongdoing that must be escalated to an authorised officer.
Disclosures to authorised officers can be made both anonymously and orally (either in person or by telephone).
How will a PID be managed?
ARENA’s CEO has established a PID Procedure, which outlines the way in which the PID scheme will operate within ARENA. PIDs received by ARENA will be managed in accordance with the ARENA’s PID Procedure.