Council is committed to encouraging the reporting of wrongdoing and the protection of those who report wrongdoing from reprisals.
What is a Public Interest Disclosure?
A Public Interest Disclosure (PID) is a report of a suspected wrongdoing or danger. For the report to be considered as a PID and attract the protections under the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2010 (PID Act), it must be an appropriate disclosure about public interest information made to a proper authority.
What can a PID be about?
Any person, including public sector officers, may disclose information about:
- a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety or a person with a disability;
- a contravention of environmental law which is a substantial and specific danger to the environment; and
- a reprisal.
What is a reprisal?
Reprisal occurs if a person causes or attempts to cause detriment to you, because they believe you have made, or intend to make a PID or have participated in, or intend to participate in procedures under the PID Act.
Is Bulloo Shire Council the proper authority for my PID?
Bulloo Shire Council would be authorised to receive a PID where the disclosure is about the conduct of Council or its employees or Council is responsible for investigating particular issues (e.g. the Crime and Misconduct Commission can receive PIDs about Official Misconduct).
How to make a Public Interest Disclosure (PID)
A Public Interest Disclosure can be made orally or in writing.
To make your PID in writing, address your PID to:
Chief Executive Officer
Public Interest Disclosure - Private and Confidential
PO Box 46
THARGOMINDAH QLD 4492
You can also phone Council on (07) 4621 8000 and ask for the PID Coordinator.
The PID Coordinator will assess your disclosure, and if it does not fit the criteria of a PID, it will be dealt with under the appropriate complaints management process.
The PID should identify the incident or issue of concern in sufficient detail to enable an appropriate investigation to be conducted. Depending on the circumstances, disclosures should supply:
- The name and contact details of the discloser (desirable);
- The nature of the alleged wrongdoings;
- Who they think was responsible for the alleged wrongdoing (if possible);
- When and where the alleged wrongdoing occurred;
- Events surrounding the issue;
- Whether they did anything in response to the alleged wrongdoing; and
- Others who know about the alleged wrongdoing and have allowed it to continue.
Before making a disclosure, you should contact the relevant authority to find out more about:
- Any queries you have regarding the lodgement of a disclosure
- Your rights and responsibilities under the PID Act
- The protections that will apply under the PID Act
- Whether the information you have is covered by the PID Act
If you choose to make your disclosure under the PID Act you must ensure you do not discuss the matter with anyone other than the Council's PID Coordinator or the person conducting the investigation otherwise you could lose you're immunity under the PID Act.
Where do I get more information?
At Bulloo Shire Council - please contact the Chief Executive Officer who is Council's PID Coordinator for more information, via: