Public Interest Disclosures in NSW – Australia

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Whistleblowing in the NSW public sector

Whistleblowers (those who make public interest disclosures) play an important role in ensuring the accountability of the public service

Public interest disclosures (PIDs) are reports about wrongdoing in the public sector that service the public interest. They alert oversight agencies to potential misconduct and allow for the investigation and prosecution of serious wrongdoing. In NSW, public sector whistleblowing is regulated under the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2022.

This course comprehensively details the PID regime: outlining the types of wrongdoing that can be disclosed, the personnel authorised to make a disclosure, the types of disclosures that can be made and the whistleblower protections that ensure the effective operation of the regime. Using a combination of scenarios and quiz-based learning, this course ensures that learners are familiar with their statutory obligations and equipped with practical skills necessary for making a disclosure.

A dedicated manager’s module also outlines what to do if you receive a disclosure under the Act, with a rigorous exploration of managerial duties and avenues for referral. Risk management processes and mandatory PID policies are also explored in this module. Ultimately, the course emphasises the core consideration for disclosures: the public interest.

Who should do this training?

This training is designed for public officials as defined in the Act, as generally any employees, contractors or volunteers working for an NSW Government agency.

This also includes statutory officers, MPs and their staff members.

A management oriented module outlines compliance obligations in respect of receiving PIDs.

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Course Outline

Module 1: Public interest disclosures

For managers and general staff

  • The importance of disclosing wrongdoing
  • What can be reported and who can report it
  • Types of disclosures under the Act
  • The process surrounding voluntary public interest disclosures
  • Protections for whistleblowers

 

Module 2: Dealing with disclosures

For managers

  • Managerial obligations and disclosure reception
  • How to identify various disclosure types
  • How to deal with and refer disclosures
  • Public interest disclosure policies
  • Risk management requirements regarding voluntary disclosures

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