Some reports or complaints made about wrongdoing in a public sector organisation are known as Public Interest Disclosures (PIDs).
To be considered a PID by IBAC, a report needs to be about conduct that falls within one of two categories:
- Improper conduct – this may include criminal offences, breaches of public trust or behaviour that puts one or more person’s safety at risk.
- Detrimental action – this may include intimidation, discrimination or harassment in retaliation for making a public interest disclosure.
PIDs are guided by the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 (Vic) (PID Act) which encourages you to report any improper conduct or detrimental action you may see. The PID Act also legally protects you and ensures your information stays confidential throughout the process.