Certain information provided to the Office for Public Integrity (public interest information) is covered by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2018 and treated as a ‘public interest disclosure’.

Public interest disclosures aim to:

  • encourage and facilitate the appropriate disclosure of public interest information to certain people or authorities
  • provide protections for people who make appropriate public interest disclosures
  • set out processes for dealing with disclosure
  • ensure disclosures cannot be ignored.

There are two types of public interest information.

Environmental and health information is information that raises a potential issue of substantial risk to:

  • the environment or
  • the health or safety of the general public (or a significant section of the public).

Who is protected?

Anyone who makes a disclosure of environmental and health information (e.g. if a council fails to remove poisonous trees from a public park) will be protected by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2018.

How to make a report

Where information relates to a risk to the environment you should consider making a disclosure to the Environment Protection Authority.

Where the information relates to a location within the area of a particular local council, you should consider making a disclosure to a member, officer or employee of that council.

There are other relevant authorities that can receive disclosures relating to environmental and health information.

Report it online - Environmental and health information

Public administration information is information that raises a potential issue of:

  • corruption
  • misconduct
  • maladministration.

Who is protected?

Any public officer who makes a disclosure of public administration information will be protected by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2018.

How to make a report

There are a number of people and bodies that can receive disclosures of public interest information. The most appropriate will depend on the subject matter of your disclosure. A full list of relevant authorities can be found in Section 5(5) of the PID Act.

Each relevant authority will have its own procedures in relation to receiving a disclosure. You should check with the relevant authority to understand how to make your disclosure directly to them.

The OPI can also receive disclosures of public administration information.

Information for relevant authorities

Relevant authorities who receive an appropriate disclosure of public interest information must notify the Office for Public Integrity of the disclosure as soon as practicable (form 1).

The OPI must also be notified of the outcome of action taken in relation to the disclosure (form 2).

Notify the OPI - Receipt of a disclosure (form 1) Notify the OPI - Outcome of action taken (form 2)