Appendix 25: Public Interest Disclosures
We are committed to supporting and protecting staff if they report wrongdoing in the workplace and will properly investigate issues that staff raise.
In August 2011, we revised our internal reporting policy following new legislative requirements. The Managing Director’s message to staff in September 2011 alerted them to the revised policy, the changes to the legislation and the protections available. We have continued to inform staff through the Quarterly Integrity Update, ethics, fraud and corruption awareness sessions for staff and the fraud and corruption awareness eLearning module.
Between July and September 2011, we wrote to identified individual contractors alerting them to protections available to them under the Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994 (PID). We also included this advice in site inductions at the wastewater treatment plants and other sites, and in our contract shells and letters of engagement.
Since 1 January 2012, public authorities must report statistical information about how they handle ‘public interest disclosures’. This covers six monthly and annual reporting to the NSW Ombudsman and annual reporting to Parliament.
The report for the six-month period 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2012 is also our first annual report.
Table 85 – Public Interest Disclosures (six months ended 30 June 2012)