Public interest disclosure

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries does not tolerate corrupt or other improper conduct and is committed to the aims and objectives of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 (PID Act). 

The PID Act recognises the value and importance of reporting as a means to identify and address wrongdoing.

The PID Act aims to ensure openness and accountability in government by encouraging people to report public interest information without fear of reprisal. It provides a system for matters disclosed to be investigated and for appropriate action to be taken. It also provides protections for people who make disclosures.

What is a public interest disclosure?

A public interest disclosure (PID) is a report about certain types of wrongdoing by a public authority, public officer or public sector contractor covered by the PID Act.

To be covered by the PID Act, a disclosure must be:

  • made by a discloser who believes on reasonable grounds that the information is or may be true
  • a disclosure of public interest information
  • made to the appropriate proper authority.

Further detail about the types of information covered by the PID Act can be found on the Public Sector Commission's website.

Who can make a public interest disclosure

Under the the PID Act, anyone can make a disclosure, including members of the public, government clients or stakeholders, as long as they believe, on reasonable grounds, that their information is or may be true.

Before making a disclosure, we encourage you to explore the resources available on the Public Sector Commission’s website and ensure you are aware of your rights and responsibilities under the PID Act. 

How to lodge a public interest disclosure

Disclosures can only be made to a proper authority (PID officer).

If you wish to make a PID, we encourage you to contact one of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries PID officers, listed on the Public Sector Commission’s PID contact directory


Page reviewed 18 March 2024