Protected Disclosures Act


The Protected Disclosures Act 2012 replaced the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001 on 10 February 2013.

The purpose of the Protected Disclosures Act is to encourage and facilitate the making of disclosures of improper conduct by public officers and public bodies. The Protected Disclosures Act provides protection from detrimental action to any person affected by a protected disclosure and establishes a system for the matters disclosed to be investigated and rectifying action to be taken.

Under the Protected Disclosures Act, any person can be one who makes a disclosure, is a witness, or a person who is the subject of an investigation.


Horsham Rural City Council is committed to the aims and objectives of the Protected Disclosures Act. It does not tolerate improper conduct by its employees, officers or members, nor the taking of reprisals against those who come forward to disclose such conduct.

Council recognises the value of transparency and accountability in its administrative and management practices, and supports the making of disclosures that reveal corrupt conduct, conduct involving a substantial mismanagement of public resources, or conduct involving a substantial risk to public health and safety or the environment.

We support the making of protected disclosures that reveal:

  • Corrupt Conduct
  • Improper Conduct
  • Detrimental Action

View our Management of Protected Disclosures procedure(PDF, 489KB).