Public Interest Disclosures
The Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994 (PID Act) sets in place a system to encourage public officials to report serious wrongdoing. It provides an internal reporting system to report certain types of wrongdoing, classified as ‘public interest disclosures', without fear of reprisal.
For more detailed information please see Council’s Public Interest Disclosure Policy - PDF - 287 KB.
For the purposes of a Public Interest Disclosure (PID), a public official means all employees of Council, subcontractors, certain volunteers, committee members and any other person who performs official functions for Council, whose conduct could be investigated.
We support public officials who wish to report corrupt conduct, maladministration or serious and substantial waste.
There are five categories of serious wrongdoing that are managed under the PID Act and can be reported as a Public Interest Disclosure. We encourage you to report wrongdoing if you believe, on reasonable grounds, you have information that shows or indicates:
- corrupt conduct
- serious maladministration
- Local Government pecuniary interest contravention (e.g., failure to declare a personal financial interest)
- breach of the Government Information and Privacy (GIPA) Act (e.g., failure to comply with the system through which people can access government information)
- serious and substantial waste of public money.
Make a Public Interest Disclosure
Forms will be sent to a confidential mailbox.
If you would prefer to provide written disclosure, complete the Public Interest Disclosure reporting form - PDF - 209 KB and send it to:
Sutherland Shire Council
Locked Bag 17, Sutherland, 1499.
The envelope should be marked ‘Confidential’.
It is important to note that an anonymous disclosure may not prevent you from being identified. If we do not know who made the report, it will be difficult to prevent reprisal action should others identify you.
If you do not wish to submit your Public Interest Disclosure via Council, we respect your decision. Alternatively, you can report alleged wrongdoing to one of the following external investigating authorities:
NSW Ombudsman - for maladministration
Independent Commission Against Corruption - for corrupt conduct
Information and Privacy Commissioner (NSW) - for breaches of the GIPA Act
Office of Local Government - for pecuniary interest contravention
NSW Audit Office - for serious and substantial waste
For more information, please contact Council’s Public Interest Disclosures Coordinator at email@example.com.