Wednesday, 10 May 2023
Public Interest Disclosure Amendment (Review) Bill 2022; In Committee
The coalition will be supporting these amendments. Items 1 and 2 are avoidance of doubt provisions. These provisions will make clear that disclosable conduct is not excluded from the PID scheme if a complaint also includes information that is personal work related conduct. The legislative note to item 2 helpfully confirms that a single disclosure which relates to multiple instances of conduct is not excluded if one or more of the instances is disclosable conduct. This is consistent with the coalition government's response to recommendation 5 of the Moss review. Similarly, item 3 would require the decision-maker to tell the discloser what options they may have outside the PID Act, even if it is not immediately clear that the matter should be dealt with under another law or power. We believe that these are sensible amendments, and the coalition, as I said, will be supporting them.