Public Interest Disclosures
Council is committed to encouraging the reporting of wrongdoing and the protection of those who report wrongdoing from reprisals.
A Public Interest Disclosure (PID) is a report of a suspected wrongdoing or danger. For the report to be considered as a PID and attract the protections under the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2010 (PID Act), it must be an appropriate disclosure about public interest information made to a proper authority.
If you have an honest and reasonable belief your information demonstrates the suspected wrongdoing or danger or it actually does show the suspected wrongdoing or danger, your report is likely to be an appropriate disclosure.
Whether the information you are reporting is public interest information will depend on whether you are a public officer or a member of the public.
Members of the public can make a PID regarding:
- A substantial and specific danger to public health and safety or a person with a disability;
- A contravention of environmental law which is a substantial and specific danger to the environment; and
- A reprisal.
What is a reprisal?
Reprisal occurs if a person causes or attempts to cause detriment to you, because they believe you:
- Have made, or intend to make a PID; or
- Have participated in, or intend to participate in procedures under the PID Act.
Is Logan City Council the proper authority for my PID?
To identify whether Logan City Council is the proper authority to make your report to, you need to consider who and what the report is about. Logan City Council would be authorised to receive a PID where:
- The disclosure is about the conduct of Council or its employees; or
- Council is responsible for investigating particular issues (e.g. the Crime and Corruption Commission can received PIDs about Corrupt Conduct).
Does Logan City Council have a policy regarding PIDs?
How do I make a PID?
A PID can be made orally or in writing.
To make your PID in writing, address your PID to the PID Coordinator and clearly mark the sealed envelope as Public Interest Disclosure - Private and Confidential.
You can also phone Council on (07) 3412 3412 and ask for the Audit Coordination Officer who is Council's PID Coordinator.
The PID Coordinator will assess your disclosure, and if it does not fit the criteria of a PID, it will be dealt with under the appropriate complaints management process.
What if I want to make an anonymous PID?
You can make an anonymous PID. Remaining anonymous means you do not identify yourself as the discloser at any stage to anyone.
However, anonymous PIDs are often more difficult to investigate. Council strongly encourages disclosers to identify themselves if possible.
If you do identify yourself to the person who receives your PID, Council shall make every effort to keep your identity confidential.
Remember that Council will not be able to inform you of any action it takes if you remain anonymous.
What are my responsibilities as a discloser?
When making a PID, you have a responsibility to:
- Provide honest and accurate information - deliberately providing false or misleading information is an offence;
- Provide all information currently in your possession - you must not seek to investigate the matter yourself; and
- Make the disclosure to someone you reasonably believe is the proper authority to receive the disclosure.
Where do I get more information?
Contact the Audit Coordination Officer within Council's Governance Branch for more information via:
Phone: (07) 3412 3412