What is a public interest disclosure?

A public interest disclosure (PID) is a formal complaint anyone can make if they believe something is wrong with the way a public authority, public officer or public sector contractor is acting, or may be going to act, which is of public interest.

This could involve:

  • Improper conduct
  • Administration matters
  • Irregular or unauthorised use of public resources
  • An offence under State Laws (including corruption)
  • Substantial mismanagement of public resources
  • Conduct that involves a substantial and specific risk of injury, prejudice to public safety or harm to the environment.

Conditions of a public interest disclosure

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 (the Act) outlines what should be disclosed, who it must be disclosed to, and also provides for the protection of people who make a PID, as well as those who may be subject of a PID.

A PID must always be related to a public sector, local government or public university function. It does not apply to information that someone has, or is, engaging in criminal behaviour unconnected to their employment.

The City of Armadale recommends you review the guidelines below and seek advice before making a PID.

Make a public interest disclosure

To make a PID please contact the City of Armadale or the Public Sector Commission through one of the methods below.

Note, the Public Sector Commission provides information for people thinking of making a disclosure and to assist public authorities in complying with their obligations under the Act.

City of Armadale

In person:

Executive Director Corporate Services Mr Jason Lyon, or Manager City Governance Ms Michelle Bell
City of Armadale
7 Orchard Avenue

By post:

Executive Director Corporate Services or Manager City Governance
Locked Bag 2

Phone: (08) 9394 5000
Email: info@armadale.wa.gov.au
Online: General enquiry form

Public Sector Commission

In person:

Dumas House
2 Havelock Street

By post:

Locked Bag 3002

Phone: (08) 6552 8500 or Toll free: 1800 676 607
Email: admin@psc.wa.gov.au
Website: www.publicsector.wa.gov.au

Page Last Reviewed 20 October 2023