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Public Interest Disclosure Bill 2018 | Whistleblower protections

Status: passed parliament

This Bill outlines the circumstances in which a person can appropriately disclose confidential environmental or health information in the public interest. It also outlines when a public officer can disclose public administration information, regardless of any confidentiality or secrecy provisions that may apply.

These protections promote accountability and transparency in government by giving whistleblowers greater protection, and offering clear rules about when information can be appropriately disclosed.

It also allows whistleblowers to disclose information to members of the media or a member of parliament, should the relevant authority fail to respond within a legislated timeframe. Under the Bill, disclosure to a journalist is an action of last resort.