Public interest disclosures training

A new PID Bill

On 14 October 2021 the Special Minister of State, the Hon. Don Harwin MP, introduced the Public Interest Disclosures Bill 2021 (the PID Bill) into the NSW Legislative Council. On commencement, the new PID Bill will replace the PID Act in its entirety and represents a significant enhancement to whistleblower protections in NSW. The Bill provides for a commencement date up to 18 months after assent. The PID e-News provides further information

In the coming months, we will communicate with agencies about our development of a package of resources to assist agencies to prepare. This will include new guidelines, fact sheets, e-learning modules and training packages for the new legislation. To ensure you receive direct communication from the PID Team, subscribe to our PID e-Newsletter and read our FAQs which contain preliminary information.

Current Act still in force

What must agencies do?

While it is important to prepare for the new Bill, it is important for agencies to remember that until it is commenced, they must continue to comply with the requirements of the PID Act.

For example, agencies must continue to:

  • receive, assess and handle reports of wrongdoing that meet the definition of a ‘public interest disclosure’ under the PID Act
  • submit returns to the Ombudsman every six months
  • raise awareness of the internal reporting system in their agency with public officials (this includes staff, contractors and volunteers)
  • ensure that nominated disclosure officers are aware of their role in dealing with reports from staff, including those that are assessed as public interest disclosures.

How will our office assist agencies?

The Ombudsman’s office will continue to support agencies to meet these obligations. We have prepared some FAQs on our website to assist agencies to navigate this process.

In particular we will:

  • continue to provide access to guidelines and fact sheets that relate to the current PID Act
  • upload information that agencies can use to support them with their awareness raising activities under the current legislation, including resources for training (this will include training slides and participant handout)
  • continue to provide advice and assistance to agencies on the current PID Act through

What do you need to do now?

The most important thing that agencies can do at this stage is to subscribe to our PID e-Newsletter. This will ensure that we can communicate with you about the new requirements and the guidance as it becomes available.

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