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The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012 (the Act) encourages and facilitates making disclosures of improper conduct by public bodies or public sector employees, and protects persons who make those disclosures.

  • Public Record Office Victoria is committed to the aims and objectives of the Act. It does not tolerate improper conduct by its employees, officers or members, nor the taking of reprisals against those who come forward to disclose such conduct.
  • Public Record Office Victoria recognises the value of transparency and accountability in its administrative and management practices, and supports the making of disclosures that reveal detrimental action, conduct involving a substantial mismanagement of public resources, or conduct involving a substantial risk to public health and safety or the environment.
  • Public Record Office Victoria will take all reasonable steps to protect people who make such disclosures from any detrimental action in reprisal for making the disclosure. It will also afford natural justice to the person who is the subject of the disclosure.

Public Record Office Victoria’s public interest procedures explain how to make a public interest disclosure in relation to PROV employees.

PROV Public Interest Disclosure Policy V2.2 Final (PDF file, 427 KB)


What is improper conduct?

  • conduct that is corrupt; or
  • a substantial mismanagement of public resources; or
  • conduct involving substantial risk to public health or safety; or
  • conduct involving substantial risk to the environment.

The Act requires that the above conduct would, if proven, be a criminal offence or constitute reasonable grounds for dismissal.


How do I make a disclosure?

A disclosure is an allegation of improper or detrimental action. Disclosures of improper conduct or detrimental action by PROV or its employees may be made in writing or by telephone to the Public Interest Disclosure Coordinator:

Lara Pasquale, Assistant Director Corporate Services
Public Record Office Victoria
99 Shiel St
North Melbourne, 3051
Tel: (03) 9348 5681



Disclosures may also be made directly to the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC):

Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission 
Level 1, North Tower
459 Collins Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000
Tel: 1300 735 135


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