Public Interest Disclosures
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 (the PID Act) came into effect on 1 July 2003. The PID Act facilitates the disclosure of public interest information by providing protection for those who make disclosures and those who are the subject of disclosures.
The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (the Authority) is committed to the aims and objectives of the PID Act. It recognises the value and importance of contributions of staff to enhance administrative and management practices and strongly supports disclosures being made by staff or the community regarding corrupt and improper conduct.
Who can make a Public Interest Disclosure?
The PID Act deals with all public disclosures; not just those made by government employees. The information disclosed must be specific to the following categories of wrong-doing:
- Improper conduct: irregular or unauthorised use of public resources
- An offence under State law, including corruption: substantial unauthorised or irregular use of, or substantial mismanagement of public resources
- Administration matter(s) affecting you: conduct involving a substantial and specific risk of injury to public health, prejudice to public safety or harm to the environment.
If the information falls outside of these categories, it can not be considered a public interest disclosure under the PID Act. To make a complaint outside of the PID Act, please contact us for more information.
Who should I contact?
The Public Interest Disclosure Officers of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority are:
Chief Executive Officer OR
Director, Business and Visitor Services
Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority
Kings Park, WA, 6005
Ph: (+61 8) 9480 3600
Fax: (+61 8) 9322 5064
The PID Officer is responsible for receiving disclosures of public interest information in relation to the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority.
The information disclosed must be public interest information as defined in the PID Act. Not all proper authorities to which a disclosure may be made will be required or have the power to investigate the information disclosed. In some cases it may be necessary for the discloser of information to be referred to another proper authority with power to investigate the information.
What should I consider?
Making a disclosure is a serious matter. You should consider:
- whether you have reasonable grounds to believe the information you are disclosing is true
- if the information is important, in the public interest to be disclosed and is not associated with a personal agenda
- if you have sought proper advice; and
- if you fully understand your responsibilities under the PID Act if you make a disclosure.
What if I'm not sure?
If you are unsure about making a disclosure, you can talk to a BGPA Public Interest Disclosure Officer, or contact the public sector PID Advice and Referral Line on 1800 676 607.