Public Interest Disclosures
The Public Interest Disclosures Act 2002 commenced operation on 1st January 2004. It was substantially amended by the Public Interest Disclosures Amendment Act 2009, following a major review of the Act, and these procedures reflect those amendments. The amendments took effect on 1st October 2010.
The purpose of the Act is to encourage and facilitate the making of disclosures of improper conduct by public officers and public bodies.
The legislation provides protection to persons who make disclosures in accordance with the Act and establishes a system for matters disclosed to be investigated and rectifying action to be taken.
Meander Valley Council is committed to the aims and objectives of the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2002 and In order to manage the provisions of the Act, model procedures have been developed in consultation with the Ombudsman for Council to provide a system for reporting disclosures of improper conduct or detrimental action by Council or its employees.
Council's procedural document, as amended at the meeting of Council held on the 10th May 2011 is available below.