The Public Interest Disclosures Act, 1994 (PID Act) requires that Council report annually on its obligations under the Act. This report is made in accordance with Sections 31 and 6E of the PID Act, and Clause 4 of the associated regulations.
The PID Act encourages and facilitates the disclosure, by public officials, of:
- Corrupt conduct
- Serious and substantial waste of public money
- A breach of the Government Information (Public Access) Act, 2009
- A breach of pecuniary interest obligations under the Local Government Act, 1993.
The Act sets out a comprehensive framework for protecting public officials who disclose wrongdoing and provides clear pathways for those wanting to make disclosures.
Council's internal reporting policy contains the procedures relating to the lodgment, receipt, assessment and handling of public interest disclosures. The General Manager, Council's Public Officer/ Internal Auditor and Ranger Services Manager are designated disclosures officers and may receive and deal with reports made under the Act.
Council's internal reporting policy and other information about the Act has been made available to staff through Council's intranet, staff bulletins, and staff induction sessions. Designated PID disclosures officers have attended public interest disclosures training provided by the NSW Ombudsman and general PID training sessions have also been held for staff.
In the reporting period 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018 Council did not receive any Public Interest Disclosures.