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What is a Public Interest Disclosure?

A public interest disclosure is a report about certain types of wrongdoing covered by the PID Act.

A public interest disclosure is a report about certain types of wrongdoing by a public authority, public officer or public sector contractor covered by the PID Act. A disclosure must do both of the following:

•Relate to a matter of public interest information – which has a specific meaning under the legislation.

•Show (or tend to show) that a public authority, public officer or public sector contractor is, has been or may in the future be involved in wrongdoing when performing their public function.

Anyone can make a disclosure, including members of the public, government clients or stakeholders, and people who work for a public authority, as long as they believe, on reasonable grounds, their information is or may be true. Making a deliberately false or misleading disclosure carries significant penalties under the PID Act.

You can make a disclosure anonymously. However, this may make it difficult to investigate, for example, if the investigator wishes to contact you to obtain more information or clarify something raised in your disclosure.

Further Information for Disclosers:

Find out if your matter could be a public interest disclosure.

Public Interests Disclosure Act 2003

Don’t be afraid to speak up: Guide for disclosers (Public Sector Commission)

PID Officers code of conduct and integrity (Public Sector Commission)

Shire of Perenjori Guidelines & Procedures:

Shire of Perenjori Guidelines & Procedures

Shire of Perenjori Lodgement Form

Shire of Perenjori PID Officer Contact Details:

Chief Executive Officer

P: 99730100

E: Mario.romeo@perenjori.wa.gov.au

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