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Public Interest Disclosure

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2018 (PID Act) commenced on 1 July 2019, replacing the Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993 (WP Act).

The PID Act establishes a scheme that encourages and facilitates the appropriate disclosure of public interest information to certain persons or authorities. It provides protections for some persons who make an appropriate disclosure of public interest information in accordance with the PID Act and sets out processes for dealing with such disclosures.

Making a disclosure concerning AGD

An appropriate disclosure of public administration information concerning AGD or an AGD employee can be made to the AGD responsible officer or to another relevant authority as defined by the Act.

There are a number of ways you can contact an AGD responsible officer to make an appropriate disclosure of public interest information, including:

Email:  AGD_PID [at] sa.gov.au

Telephone: 1800 177 076 (freecall)

Post: *Mark the envelope private and confidential

Public Interest Disclosure, Attorney-General's Department

GPO Box 464

Adelaide SA 5001

Before making a disclosure

A person making a disclosure should consider:

  • whether the information they intend to reveal might be considered an appropriate disclosure of public interest information, as defined by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2018
  • who is an appropriate authority for the purposes of disclosing the appropriate information
  • whether they have obligations under the Directions and Guidelines issued by the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) and/or the Code of Ethics for the South Australian Public Sector

Reporting obligations under the ICAC Act

Public officers are still obliged to comply with the reporting directions issued under the ICAC Act. 

Most public officers are obliged to report to the OPI any matter that the public officer reasonably suspects involves corruption or serious or systemic misconduct or maladministration in public administration. 

The PID Act does not alter those reporting obligations.

Where a report is made to the OPI about potential corruption, misconduct or maladministration in public administration that report will be treated as an appropriate disclosure of public interest information under the PID Act.

More information about public interest disclosure

For more information, please visit the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment website.