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Public interest disclosure

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 promotes accountability and integrity in the Australian Public Service by encouraging the disclosure of information about suspected wrongdoing, supporting and protecting disclosers from adverse consequences and ensuring that public interest disclosures are properly investigated and dealt with.

About public interest disclosure

Wrongdoing may include conduct which you reasonably believe:

  • contravenes a law;
  • is corrupt;
  • perverts the course of justice;
  • results in a wastage of public funds or property;
  • is an abuse of public trust;
  • unreasonably endangers health and safety or endangers the environment; or
  • is maladministration, including conduct that is unjust, oppressive or negligent.

Disclosures are about matters where investigation and correction is in the public interest. This does not include disagreements with government policy or expenditure.

Making a public interest disclosure

Public interest disclosures can be made by a public official. This includes:

  • any person who is, or was, employed by the Australian Government;
  • individuals employed by any Commonwealth companies, authorities and statutory agencies, the Parliamentary service, statutory officeholders; or
  • service providers under contract to the Commonwealth and anyone employed by them.

Public interest disclosures can be made orally or in writing:

  • by an employee to their supervisor;
  • to an Authorised Officer;
  • in very limited circumstances, to a person outside the government other than a foreign official.

Authorised Officers

Contact ACMA Authorised Officers by:

  • Email:;
  • Mail: PID Authorised Officer, PO Box 78, Belconnen, ACT 2616; or
  • Telephone: 02 6219 3600 (Canberra)
                      03 9963 6800 (Melbourne)
                      02 9334 7700 (Sydney)

and request to speak to an Authorised Officer.

More information

For more information, consult the Commonwealth Ombudsman website.


Last updated: 28 July 2016