The purpose of the Public Interest Disclosure Act is to provide legal protection from civil, criminal or disciplinary action, to those people who expose improper or corrupt behaviour in the course of their duties. For protection to be granted under the act, the "whistleblower" must believe on reasonable grounds that the information provided was true or might be true. It is also important to note that the act is retrospective, i.e. there is no time limit to the act and disclosures may relate to matters which occurred prior to 1 July 2003.
Further details about the act can be obtained from the:
The act places stringent requirements on the department to investigate complaints, take remedial action where necessary and keep whistleblowers informed of the action taken, or to be taken, and ensure that whistleblowers are free from victimisation.
It is important to note that the act does not confer additional powers upon the department to investigate or take action in relation to public interest disclosures. Instead, it provides protection to persons who make disclosures that may result in the department exercising its existing powers to investigate and take action in relation to such a disclosure.
How do I make a public interest disclosure?
If you wish to make a public interest disclosure you are encouraged to report them on the Public Interest Disclosure Lodgement form (see below) and forward it in a sealed envelope to:
Public Interest Disclosure
Ken Chinnery, Director, Human Resources
Penny Lipscombe, Director, Consumer Protection
Alan Layton, Policy Officer, WorkSafe
Locked Bag 14
Cloisters Square WA 6850
You can make an anonymous disclosure.
It is important that you read and fully understand your rights and obligations of the act before you make such a disclosure. Advice on this can be obtained by contacting the following:
Director, Human Resources, on 6251 1152;
Director, Consumer Protection, on 6552 9394;
Policy Officer, WorkSafe, on 6251 2287;
the Public Sector Commission’s PID Advice and Referral Line on 1800 676 607.