City of Karratha

Public Interest Disclosure

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 (the PID Act) aims to ensure openness and accountability in government by encouraging people to make disclosures about improper conduct within the State public sector, local government and public universities without fear of reprisal.

What is a Public Interest Disclosure?

In order to be covered by the PID Act, the disclosure must relate to information that would be a matter of public interest and tend to show wrongdoing by a public authority, an officer or a contractor when performing a public function. A disclosure is more than a general complaint about dissatisfaction with a product or service or a decision by government, and it is more than a personal grievance that can be resolved by agreement between parties. 

What are types of wrongdoing?

Wrongdoing includes:-

• An offence under State law 
• Substantial misuse or mismanagement of the authority’s resources 
• Substantial risk of injury to public health, safety or the environment 
• Administrative matters covered by the Ombudsman 
• Improper conduct.

Who can make a public interest disclosure?

Anyone who believes on reasonable grounds that the information they have is or may be true can make a disclosure, including an employee of a public authority and a member of the public. 

Before making a disclosure, contact a Public Interest Disclosure Officer for the City of Karratha to find out more about:

• How to make the disclosure and who you should disclose to 
• Your rights and responsibilities 
• The protections that will apply 
• Whether the information you have is covered by the Act. 

Once you are satisfied that making a Public interest Disclosure is the appropriate route for you, and you are fully aware of your rights and responsibilities under the PID Act, you can then complete a Public Interest Disclosure Lodgement Form and provide it to a City Public Interest Disclosure Officer.

If your information is not covered by the Act you can still make your disclosure to the public authority concerned using its grievance process (if you are or were an employee at the time the incident occurred) or its complaints management process (if you are a member of the public). Once you have been informed about the Act and your rights and responsibilities, you must make it clear that you have chosen to make your disclosure under the Act.

Who are the City's PID Officers?

Henry Eaton 08 9186 8631

Maree Apostoles 08 9186 8530

Where can I get more Information?

If you would like to get further information you can contact the PID Officers for the City.  You can also view the City’s Public Interest Disclosure Policy

Still further information can be obtained from the Public Sector Commission whose available resources include a guide for disclosers called “Don’t be afraid to speak up” and an explanatory video.