Public interest disclosures

People who work in the public sector generally know when something is wrong. They often know when a colleague is doing the wrong thing. They certainly know when systems aren’t working properly and they often know when their organisation is wasting public funds.

The Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994 (PID Act) sets in place a system to encourage public officials to report serious wrongdoing.

The NSW Ombudsman is responsible for promoting public awareness and understanding of the PID Act and monitoring its operation. We provide advice and guidance to public sector workers who are thinking about reporting serious wrongdoing.

We also provide assistance, guidance, resources and training to public authorities responsible for managing and responding to public interest disclosures. For more information please see information for agencies or contact the PID Unit on 02 9286 1000 or email

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