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Public Interest Disclosures

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (Ctlh) promotes integrity and accountability in the Commonwealth public sector by encouraging the disclosure of information about suspected wrongdoing, protecting people who make disclosures from adverse consequences relating to the making of a disclosure, and requiring agencies to take action to ensure that disclosures are properly investigated and dealt with.

The department's policy

Procedures for Handling Public Interest Disclosures

More information about the Public Interest Disclosure scheme can be found on the Commonwealth Ombudsman's website.

How to make a public interest disclosure

A disclosure may be made anonymously or openly. While a disclosure may be made orally or in writing, if you wish to make an anonymous disclosure the department recommends sending your disclosure to

Information contained in the disclosure should be:

  • clear and factual
  • so far as possible, avoid speculation, personal attacks and emotive language
  • contain supporting evidence where that is available
  • where possible, identify any witnesses to the disclosable conduct

By post:

Authorised Officer

Public Interest Disclosures

Employee Conduct and Ethics Section

People Division

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

44 Sydney Ave


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