Public Interest Disclosure

This page contains information on the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013.

Page last updated: 20 August 2015

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID) commenced on 15 January 2014. The Act provides an avenue for public officials to make a disclosure that they reasonably believe meets the definition of disclosable conduct. The Act also aims to promote the integrity and accountability of the Commonwealth public sector by:

  • encouraging the disclosure of information by public officials about suspected wrongdoing in the public sector;
  • ensuring that public officials who make disclosures are supported and protected from adverse consequences; and
  • ensuring that disclosures are properly investigated.

What is disclosable conduct?

This means conduct by an agency, public official or a contracted Commonwealth service provider that:
  • contravenes a law
  • is corrupt
  • perverts the course of justice
  • results in wastage of public funds or property
  • is an abuse of public trust
  • unreasonably endangers health and safety or endangers the environment
  • is misconduct relating to scientific research, analysis or advice
  • is maladministration, including conduct that is unjust, oppressive or negligent

Who can make a disclosure?

A current or former ‘public official’ can disclose information that they believe on reasonable grounds tends to show disclosable conduct. This broad term includes Australian Government public servants and parliamentary service employees, members of the Defence force, staff and directors of Commonwealth companies, statutory office holders and staff of Commonwealth contracted service providers.

Protections for the person who makes the disclosure

The identity of a person who makes a disclosure will be kept confidential as far as practicable. It is an offence to provide identifying information about a person who makes a disclosure without their consent unless authorised by the PID Act.

Authorised Officers

Under the PID Act, each agency must appoint authorised officers to handle public interest disclosures. Disclosures can also be made to a supervisor/manager, who must pass it to an authorised officer. For the purposes of this Act the following staff have been appointed as authorised officers:

Authorised Officers - Department of Health

Name

Title

Division

Phone No.

Allison Frederick

Director

DED EO Secretary Office

(02) 6289 3285

Nathan Hyson

Director

Medical Benefits

(02) 6289 9452

Michael Ryan

Director

Medical Benefits

(02) 6289 9037

Penny Lovell

Director

Pharmaceutical Benefits

(02) 6289 9422

Mel Dwyer

Assistant Director

Health Provider Compliance

(07) 3360 2947

Adam Hay

Assistant Director

Health Provider Compliance

(08) 8237 8058

Sandy Youren

Medical Officer

Health Provider Compliance

(03) 9637 4133

Hongxia Jin

Director

Medical Devices Product Quality

(02) 6221 6782

Avi Rebera

Assistant Secretary

Regulatory Practice & Support

(02) 6232 8108

Eric McIntosh

Director

Regulatory Practice & Support

(02) 6232 8737

Tania Rishniw

Assistant Secretary

Health State Network

(03) 9665 8706

Peter McCauley

Assistant Director

Health State Network

(02) 9263 3845

Denise McDonald

Assistant Director

Health State Network

(07) 3360 2838

Trudy Staynor

Assistant Director

Health State Network

(08) 9346 5345

Liz Edwards

Assistant Director

Health State Network

(08) 8919 3408

Avril Firth

Assistant Director

Health State Network

(03) 6221 1548

Luke Wurst

Assistant Director

Information Technology

(02) 6289 8493

Ingrid Leonard

Director

Aged Care Access & Quality

(02) 6289 2996

Roshini Jayewardene

Director

Nicnas

(02) 8577 8860

David Elliot

Legal

Legal

(02) 6289 5127

Masha Somi

Assistant Secretary

Office of Health Protection

(02) 6289 7705

Craig Boyd

Chief Financial Officer

Portfolio Investment

(02) 6289 7944

Michael Dornbusch

Assistant Secretary

Office of Gene Tech Regulator

(02) 6271 4255

Who can a disclosure be made to?

You can make a disclosure to your current supervisor or manager, an authorised officer, or alternatively to PublicInterestDisclosure@health.gov.au.

Further information

Further information regarding the Public Interest Disclosure Act can be found on the Ombudsman’s website. Top of Page