What are Protected and Public Interest Disclosures?
Protected Disclosures (PD) became Public Interest Disclosures (PID) on 1 January 2020. They are reports of improper conduct or detrimental action within the Victorian public sector (VPS).
Under the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 (Vic) (PID Act), people who report improper conduct and detrimental action in the VPS are offered legal protection. Once a report is investigated it becomes known as a Public Interest Complaint. These complaints were previously known as ‘Whistleblower’ complaints.
The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) plays a central role in the administration of the PID Act. Extensive information and resources to assist individuals and organisations to make, receive and understand protected disclosures is available on IBAC's website.
Records of improper conduct or detrimental action within the public sector, regardless of whether or not they become public interest complaints, must be managed in accordance with the recordkeeping standards issued by PROV. This includes retention and disposal authorities (see below ‘What about disposal?’ for further details) .