Provisions under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 commenced on 15 January 2014.
This legislation establishes Australia's first stand-alone whistle-blower protection scheme for federal government employees, contractors and employees of contractors who report wrongdoing within the Commonwealth public sector and Commonwealth entities.
The provisions of the Act apply to the CEFC and employees of the CEFC.
The public interest disclosure scheme seeks to remove barriers, real or perceived, that prevent people working within the Commonwealth public sector and Commonwealth entities from speaking up about serious problems that affect public administration. It aims to further promote a culture that encourages early internal disclosure and pro-active management of identified problems.
The objects of this Act are:
The CEFC supports the public interest disclosure scheme and has developed procedures for facilitating and investigating public interest disclosures made to the organisation including appointing Authorised Officers to manage and investigate disclosures.
A person must be a current or former 'public official' to make a disclosure. This broad term includes Australian Government public servants and parliamentary service employees, members of the Defence Force, staff and directors of Commonwealth companies, statutory office holders and staff of Commonwealth contracted service providers. A person may also be deemed by an Authorised Officer to be a 'public official'.
A public official can disclose information that they believe on reasonable grounds tends to show 'disclosable conduct'. This means conduct by an agency, a public official or a contracted Commonwealth service provider (in connection with a Commonwealth contract) that:
Disagreement with government policy, action or expenditure does not amount to 'disclosable conduct'.
Detailed advice on how to make a public interest disclosure can be found on the Commonwealth Ombudsman's website at the following link: www.pid.ombudsman.gov.au. The Commonwealth Ombudsman's website also contains further general information on the PID scheme.
If you wish to make a public interest disclosure to the CEFC, or require either a copy of the CEFC's Public Interest Disclosure Procedures or further information about how the CEFC operates under the scheme, please contact in the first instance firstname.lastname@example.org.Back