Public Interest Disclosure Act

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The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012 aims to encourage and facilitate disclosures of improper conduct by public officers, public bodies and other persons, and detrimental action taken in reprisal for a person making a disclosure under the Act. It provides protection to people who make disclosures or who may suffer detrimental action in reprisal for those disclosures.

The Public Interest Disclosure Act ensures any disclosures are properly assessed and investigated where necessary, and provides confidentiality of the content of disclosures and the identity of people who make them. Under the Act, any person or group of individuals can make a disclosure or be a witness or the subject of an investigation.

Horsham Rural City Council is committed to the aims and objectives of the Public Interest Disclosure Act. Council 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, conduct involving a substantial risk to public health and safety or the environment, misconduct in public office or serious professional misconduct.

The Public Interest Disclosure Procedure(PDF, 685KB) provides details of Council's system for reporting disclosures of improper conduct, serious professional misconduct, detrimental action or misdirected disclosures by Councillors or employees.

Disclosures of improper conduct or detrimental action by Horsham Rural City Council employees (excluding Councillors) may be made to the following principle officers:

 Public Interest Disclosures Co-ordinator

Chief Executive Officer, phone (03) 5382 9720

Public Interest Disclosures Officer

Director Corporate Services, phone (03) 5382 9785

Welfare Manager

Manager People and Culture, phone (03) 5382 9778

Supervisors

Public Interest Disclosures can also be made to the supervisor of the discloser, or the supervisor of the person who is the subject of the disclosure.

The Ombudsman/IBAC

A disclosure about improper conduct or detrimental action by a Horsham Rural City Councillor or employee may also be made directly to the Ombudsman or IBAC. Disclosures relating to Councillors can only be made directly to the Victorian Ombudsman or IBAC.