Public administration information is information that raises a potential issue of corruption, misconduct or maladministration in public administration.
Who can make a disclosure?
Anyone can make a disclosure of public administration information to the OPI.
Only public officers can make a disclosure of public administration information under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2018 and receive its protections.
Who can receive a disclosure?
Public interest disclosures must be made to a relevant authority. The relevant authority will depend on the subject matter of your disclosure.
You can make a disclosure of public administration information to the OPI.
If your disclosure relates to a public sector agency or employee, you can also contact:
- the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment
- Ombudsman SA
- a responsible officer in the relevant agency.
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 for receiving a disclosure.
You should check with the relevant authority to understand how to make your disclosure directly to them.
How do I make a disclosure?
If you are aware of information about public administration and you reasonably suspect that it raises a potential issue of corruption in public administration, you must make a report to the OPI.
If you reasonably suspect that the information raises a potential issue of misconduct or maladministration, you should also make a report to the OPI.
A suspicion is when you suspect something without having any direct knowledge that it's true.
If you are unsure, contact the OPI.
What will happen to my disclosure?
The PID Act requires that any relevant authority assess your disclosure and notify you of the assessment and any action taken.
If you make your disclosure to the OPI, we will treat it as a report under the ICAC Act. Find out more about what happens to reports.
If you make your disclosure to another relevant authority, they will tell you about their process.