​​​Public Interest Disclosure

 

The SEMC is committed to the aims and objectives of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 (PID Act). The OEM recognises the value and importance of the public interest disclosure policy and legislation to eliminate improper and unlawful conduct, substantial mismanagement of public resources and substantial risks to the environment, public health and safety.

The PID Act facilitates the disclosure of public interest information by providing protection for those who make disclosures and those who are the subject of disclosures. It provides a system for the matters disclosed to be investigated and for appropriate action to be taken.

If you believe that something is wrong with the way a government official or public authority or government contractor is acting or going to act, it is in the public interest that you talk to someone who can do something about it.

What do you need to know before making a disclosure?

The Public Interest Disclosure process allows individuals (internal and external) to disclose issues of concern regarding information that must:

  • Relate to a public body
  • Relate to the performance of a public function of the public body; and
  • Show that the public body is, has been or proposes to be, involved in improper conduct. 

The PID Act only confers protection where a disclosure is made to an appropriate proper authority. The identity of the appropriate proper authority will vary according to the kind of information to be disclosed.

The Public Interest Disclosure Officer is responsible for receiving disclosures of public interest information relating to matters falling within the sphere of responsibility of the SEMC (proper authority).

The SEMC’s Public Interest Disclosure Officer is:

Executive Officer

State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC)

T: 08 6551 4071 or 6551 4045​ 

E. info@semc.wa.gov.au

Your contact with the Public Interest Disclosure Officer will be treated with the strictest confidence.

How do I make a public interest disclosure?

Anyone wishing to make a public interest disclosure is encouraged to complete the following forms:

 

and forward, in a sealed envelope to:

Executive Officer

State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC)

Level 1, Albert Facey House

469 Wellington Street

WA 6007


Once received, the disclosure will be investigated in accordance with the prescribed procedures and guidelines. Before making a disclosure, it is important that you are aware of the rights and responsibilities imposed on informants and others under the PID Act.