The Protected Disclosure Act 2012 changes in name to the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012 (PID Act).
The terms ‘protected disclosure’ and ‘protected disclosure complaint’ have been replaced with:
- Public Interest Disclosure – disclosure by a natural person of information that shows / tends to show or information that the person reasonably believes shows / tends to show improper conduct or detrimental action (previously a protected disclosure)
- Public Interest Complaint – a public interest disclosure that has been determined by IBAC, the Victorian Inspectorate or IOC to be a Public Interest Complaint (previously a protected disclosure complaint).
Once a PID has been assessed and is determined to be a PIC, additional rules apply, for example restricting when and to whom the matter can be referred and other altered confidentiality and notification requirements.