The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 promotes accountability and integrity in the Australian Public Service.

It aims to:

  • encourage the disclosure of information about suspected wrongdoing
  • support and protect people who disclose information from adverse consequences
  • ensure that public interest disclosures are properly investigated and dealt with.

The Act came into effect 15 January 2014. It replaces existing legislation relating to whistleblowing in the Australian Public Service.

Our Authorised Officers are listed in the Instrument of appointment of authorised officers, please see below.

You can contact an Authorised Officer by emailing PublicInterestDisclosure [at]

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Department of Communications procedures for facilitating and dealing with public interest disclosures


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I, DREW CLARKE, Secretary of the Department of Communications (the Department), under subsection 59(1) of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (the Act), issue the Department of Communications Procedures for Facilitating and Dealing with Public Interest Disclosures as follows. The Procedures commence on 15 January 2014. Dated: 3 January 2014