Public Interest Disclosures

The Public Interest Disclosures Act 2002 (the Act) is Tasmania’s whistleblowing legislation.

The purpose of the Act is to:

  • encourage and facilitate disclosures of improper conduct by Tasmanian public officers and public bodies;
  • protect persons making those disclosures and others from reprisals;
  • provide for the matters disclosed to be properly investigated and dealt with; and
  • provide all parties involved in those disclosures with natural justice.

The Ombudsman has a number of functions under this Act, including:

  • receiving disclosures from public officers, contractors (including members of the public if it is in the public interest) and determining if the disclosures are public interest disclosures;
  • investigating public interest disclosures;
  • receiving notifications about public interest disclosures made internally to public bodies;
  • reviewing certain decisions by public bodies under the Act;
  • monitoring the progress of public bodies’ investigations;
  • preparing and publishing guidelines and standards;
  • reviewing and approving large public bodies' procedures every three years; and
  • providing advice to public bodies.

You can find more detailed information below in our fact sheets and the Ombudsman’s guidelines and standards. Please call us to speak to an Investigation Officer on 1800 001 170 if you have any questions.

If you work for a public body, you can access its procedures, which are generally available online. You can also talk to your public body’s public interest disclosure officer.