Public Interest Disclosure

What is the Public Interest Disclosure Act?

Under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 (the PID Act), any person can make disclosure if they believe something is wrong with the way a public authority, public officer or public sector contractor is acting, or may be going to act, which is of public interest.

This might involve:
• Improper conduct
• An offence under State laws (including corruption)
• Administration matters
• Irregular or unauthorised use of public resources
• Substantial mismanagement of public resources and
• Conduct that involves a substantial and specific risk of injury, prejudice to public safety or harm to the environment.

The PID Act does not confer additional powers on public authorities to investigate or take action in relation to public interest disclosures. Rather, it provides for protection to persons who make disclosures that may result in a proper authority exercising its existing powers to investigate and take action in relation to the subject matter of the disclosure.

Further information about the Act can be obtained from the Public Sector Commission.

How do I make a public interest disclosure?

If you wish to make a public interest disclosure you are encouraged to report them on the Public Interest Disclosure Lodgement form (below) and forward it in a sealed envelope to the following PID officers:

Director, Corporate Services
or
Manager, Audit and Risk Management

Mental Health Commission
GPO Box X2299
Perth Business Centre WA 6847

Further advice can be obtained via the Public Sector Commission’s PID Advice and Referral Line on 1800 676 607.

Downloads

Public Interest Disclosure Lodgement Form
Disclosing Information of Public Interest Brochure