The Public Information Disclosure Act 2018 came into operation on the 1 July 2019. It repeals and replaces the Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993.
The new Act focuses on the disclosure of information and encourages and facilitates 'appropriate disclosures' of certain information in the public interest by ensuring proper procedures are in place for making and dealing with disclosures, and providing protection to people who make these disclosures.
Under the new Act two types of information can be received. These are:
Environment and health information
- Information that raises a potential issue of a substantial risk to the environment or to the health and safety of the public generally or a significant section of the public
Public administration information
- Information that raises a potential issue of corruption, misconduct or maladministration in public administration.
Who can make an ‘appropriate disclosure’?
Anyone can make an ‘appropriate disclosure’ of environment and health information.
While anyone can make a disclosure of public administration information only public officers who make an ‘appropriate disclosure’ of public administration information are eligible for the protections provided by the PID Act.
A public officer is defined under the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 and include:
- Council employees
- South Australia Police officers
- public service employees
- Members of the South Australian Parliament
- Members of the South Australian judiciary
To assist the community in understanding the new protections, the following links to fact sheets are provided:
Council will be developing its own policy and procedures shortly.
Information about making a Public Information Disclosure can be obtained via:
How to make a disclosure to a Responsible Officer
Any person wishing to provide information in accordance with the Public Information Disclosure Act 2018 has the following options:
By Mail: Confidential – Public Interest Disclosure Responsible Officer, Box 512, Noarlunga, SA, 5168. Mail will be delivered unopened directly to a Responsible Officer.