The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (Cth) promotes integrity and accountability in the Commonwealth public sector by encouraging the disclosure of information about suspected wrongdoing, protecting people who make disclosures from adverse consequences relating to the making of a disclosure, and requiring agencies to take action to ensure that disclosures are properly investigated and dealt with.
The department’s policy
Procedures for Handling Public Interest Disclosures
More information about the Public Interest Disclosure scheme can be found on the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s website.
How to make a public interest disclosure
A disclosure may be made anonymously or openly. While a disclosure may be made orally or in writing, if you wish to make an anonymous disclosure the department recommends sending your disclosure by post.
Information contained in the disclosure should be:
- clear and factual
- so far as possible, avoid speculation, personal attacks and emotive language
- contain supporting evidence where that is available
- where possible, identify any witnesses to the disclosable conduct
Public Interest Disclosures
Management, Conduct and Corporate Strategy Section
Corporate Management Division
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
R.G. Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent
BARTON ACT 0221
By email: PID@dfat.gov.au
How public interest disclosures are handled
Disclosures that are sent by post to the Authorised Officer or by email to PID@dfat.gov.au will be handled by one of the department’s appointed Authorised Officers.