Public Interest Disclosures in WA – Australia

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Whistleblowing in the WA public sector

Whistleblowers make Australia a better place, they bring integrity and transparency to our democracy.
Kieran Pender, senior lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre

Public interest disclosures (PIDs) are reports about wrongdoing in the public sector that service the public interest. They alert oversight agencies to potential misconduct and allow for the investigation and prosecution of serious wrongdoing. In WA, public sector whistleblowing is regulated under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 (WA).

This course provides learners with an overview of the PID regime, from the types of wrongdoing that can be disclosed, to identifying Public Interest Information, and providing an outline of the personnel authorised to receive a PID.

Using a combination of scenarios and quizbased learning, this course ensures that learners are familiar with their statutory obligations and equipped with practical skills necessary for making a disclosure. The course also highlights the protections that whistleblowers have under the Act.

A dedicated manager’s module outlines the obligations on Principle Executive Officers, managers and PID Officers when receiving a disclosure, or referring a whistleblower to an authorised person. Risk management processes and mandatory PID policies are also explored in this module, as well as the rules surrounding the investigation of a PID.


Who should do this training?


This training is designed for public officials as defined in the Act, as generally any employees, contractors or volunteers working for a WA Government agency.

This also includes statutory officers, MPs and their staff members.

A management oriented module outlines compliance obligations in respect of receiving PIDs.

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Course Outline

Module 1: Public interest disclosures

For managers and general staff

  • The importance of disclosing wrongdoing
  • Who Public Interest Disclosures can be made about
  • What is Public Interest Information
  • The authorities to whom a disclosure can be made
  • The protections for whistleblowers

Module 2: Dealing with disclosures

For managers

  • The obligations on Principle Executive Officers, PID Officers and managers
  • Public Interest Disclosure policies
  • How to assess if a disclosure is a Public Interest Disclosure
  • Investigation obligations
  • Public Interest Disclosure risk management strategies

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