Public Interest Disclosures

The legislation

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.

Blowing the whistle in Tasmania

Blowing the whistle in Tasmania -  Find out how to make a disclosure under the Act.

Reprisal for blowing the whistle in Tasmania - The Act provides protection against detrimental action - to people who have made, or intend to make, a protected disclosure.

Receiving, assessing and investigating a disclosure - Public bodies need to ensure they appropriately assess serious complaints from staff and contractors to determine if the Act applies.

Guidelines and standards

The Ombudsman is required to publish a number of guidelines and standards under the Act. These guidelines assist with the interpretation and application of the Act.

Please note, the guidelines and standards have recently been amended. Large public bodies will need to resubmit their public interest disclosure procedures to the Ombudsman for approval by 26 February 2021.

More information

Ombudsman Tasmania

Integrity Commission