Date published 09 August 2019
Last modified 21 September 2022
Last reviewed 21 September 2022

Public interest disclosures (whistleblowing)

Providing information about wrongdoing in the public sector is commonly known as “whistleblowing”. The legal term for it is “making a public interest disclosure” (PID).

Public interest disclosures about corruption can be made to the CCC. 

In Queensland, public sector employees who disclose information as a result of genuine concern about possible corruption in the public sector are protected by law (the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010) from reprisals.

Whistleblowing and the media

If a public sector employee informs a journalist of suspected corruption without reporting it to a proper authority,  they are not covered by legal protection (that is, under the PID Act) from reprisal.

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