Oversight of the Public Interest Disclosures Act
22 Nov 2017
The Acting NSW Ombudsman, Professor John McMillan, tabled in Parliament his annual report on his oversight of the Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994 (PID Act).
The focus of this year’s annual report is the operational challenges faced by public authorities. We listened to the experience of practitioners and unsurprisingly, their most difficult challenge is to manage the human elements – such as creating an ethical climate that welcomes staff speaking up, and dealing with the heightened emotions of the parties involved in the internal reporting process.
Authorities come to the Ombudsman for advice and assistance on these issues. We advise that robust PID practices within authorities must be underpinned by clear policies and formal reporting systems.