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Public Interest Disclosures


The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012 (the Act) provides a legislative framework for managing serious matters of wrongdoing within Government. A disclosure or complaint to an official may be a public interest disclosure when it is about conduct or activities that are:

  1. maladministration; or
  2. results in a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety, or the environment.

maladministration means conduct or a policy, practice or procedure that—

  1. results in a substantial mismanagement of public resources or public funds; or
  2. involves substantial mismanagement in the performance of official functions.

Employees of the ACT Public Service and members of the community are encouraged to disclose conduct adverse to the public interest in the public sector. This includes reports of dishonesty, misuse of information or funds.

The Act provides rights and protection for people who report corrupt, illegal or improper conduct or substantial waste of public resources. It ensures that ACT government agencies deal with disclosures and act on substantiated disclosures.

The Public Interest Disclosure Guidelines 2019 (the Guidelines) as approved by the Commissioner for Public Administration (the Commissioner) explain and support the Public Interest Disclosure arrangements. The disclosure officers for the Agency are set out below, and may be contacted via Access Canberra on 13 22 81:

  • Sally Gilbert, Executive Branch Manager, Governance and Corporate Services, Suburban Land Agency
  • Craig Simmons, Chief Operating Officer Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate