This policy applies to:
The purpose of the Public Interest Disclosure Act (PID Act) is to promote the integrity and accountability of the Commonwealth public sector by:
The PID Act complements existing notification, investigation and complaint handling policies and procedures. For example, where a public interest disclosure concerns suspected fraud, the investigation will be conducted in accordance with the Fraud policy.
In essence, the PID provides additional protections for disclosers and reporting obligations for agencies. This policy operates closely with our whistle-blower policy and processes.
Who Can Make a Public Interest Disclosure?
A person must be a current or former ‘public officer’ to make a public interest disclosure. This is a broad term which encompasses AAFCANS employees and contractors.
Who to Contact With a Public Interest Disclosure?
For further information regarding this policy or to make a disclosure, please refer to the Commonwealth Ombudsman website (at http://www.ombudsman.gov.au) or contact AAFCANS’ Head of Governance and Risk or Financial Accountant who are the PID Officer and Deputy PID Officer respectively, on 07 3332 6365 between 7.30am and 3.30 pm Monday to Friday.
AAFCANS is committed to ensuring the highest level of ethics in our organisation and support public interest disclosure.
We encourage any person who considers that they have witnessed wrongdoing to come forward and make a disclosure.
The welfare and safety of employees and customers is AAFCANS’ first priority. Damage to our business through inappropriate conduct or wrongdoing must be addressed and corrected as soon as possible.
|Policy Manager: Head of Governance & Risk||Approval Authority: Managing Director|
|Date of Publication: 27 February 2018||Date to be Reviewed: 27 February 2019|
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