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Public interest disclosure

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 enables people to make disclosures about wrongdoing within the state public sector without fear of reprisal. It aims to ensure openness and accountability in government by encouraging people to make disclosures and protecting them when they do.

The Forest Products Commission (FPC) is committed to the aims and objectives of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID Act). 

Who can make a Public Interest Disclosure?

The PID Act deals with all public disclosures; not just those made by government employees. Public disclosures may be anonymous. A disclosure is more than a general complaint about dissatisfaction with a product or service or a decision by government and is more than a personal grievance that can be resolved by agreement between parties.

The information disclosed must relate to a matter of public interest and show or tend to show wrongdoing by a public authority, public officer or public sector contractor performing a public function.

This might involve:   

  • improper conduct;
  • an offence under State laws (including corruption);
  • administration matters;
  • irregular or unauthorised use of public resources;
  • substantial mismanagement of public resources; and
  • conduct that involves a substantial and specific risk of injury, prejudice to public safety or harm to the environment.

For persons wishing to lodge a Public Interest Disclosure with the FPC a PID Lodgement Form is available.

Who to contact?

The FPC's PID officer:

Contact details:

Level 1, D Block
3 Baron-Hay Court
Kensington WA 6151

Locked Bag 888
Perth Business Centre  WA  6894

All contact and related discussions are treated in the strictest confidence in accordance with the requirements of the PID Act.

What should be considered?

At the time you make your disclosure, you must:

  • believe on reasonable grounds that the information you have is, or may be, true (false or misleading disclosures attract a penalty); and
  • understand your rights and responsibilities under the PID Act.

How to make a Public Interest Disclosure

We strongly encourage anyone thinking about making a PID to seek advice from our PID Officer before they do. A disclosure must be made to a proper authority for it to be covered by the PID Act.

The relevant PID forms are available to download below:

Further information

More information about Public Interest Disclosure may be obtained by visiting the Public Sector Commission website or calling the Commission’s PID Advisory Line on +61 (08) 6552 8888 or 1800 676 607.