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Purpose

The purpose of the Public Interest Disclosure Act (Act) is to provide legal protection from civil, criminal or disciplinary action, to those people who expose improper or corrupt behaviour in the course of their duties. For protection to be granted under the Act, the person making the disclosure must believe on reasonable grounds that the information provided was true or might be true. It is also important to note that the Act is retrospective, i.e. there is no time limit to the Act and disclosures may relate to matters which occurred prior to 1 July 2003.

Further details about the Act can be obtained from the:

The Act places strict requirements on the Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) to investigate complaints, take remedial action where necessary and keep the person making the disclosure informed of the action taken, or to be taken, and ensure that they are free from victimisation.

It is important to note that the Act does not confer additional powers upon DCA to investigate or take action in relation to public interest disclosures. Instead, it provides protection to persons who make disclosures that may result in DCA exercising its existing powers to investigate and take action in relation to such a disclosure.

How to make a public interest disclosure

Any person wishing to make a public interest disclosure is encouraged to complete a Public Interest Lodgement Disclosure form (see below) and forward it in a sealed envelope to:

Director Human Resources
Department of Culture and the Arts
Level 14, 140 William Street
Perth WA 6000

Or

Assistant Director Human Resources
Department of Culture and the Arts
Level 14, 140 William Street
Perth WA 6000

Once received, the disclosure will be investigated in accordance with the prescribed procedures and guidelines. It is important that you read and fully understand your rights and obligations of the Act before you make such a disclosure.

Advice on this can be obtained by contacting the Director Human Resources on (08) 6552 7490 or the Assistant Director Human Resources on (08) 65527371.

The following forms are provided for your use if you wish to lodge a public interest disclosure:

For further information please view the documents below: