Public Interest Disclosures
The Public Interest Disclosures Act 2002 (the Act) commenced operation on 1 January 2004 (commonly known as the Whistleblower legislation). The main objective of the Act is to encourage and facilitate the making of disclosures of improper conduct (or detrimental action) by public officers and public bodies. The Act provides protection to persons who make disclosures in accordance with the Act, from reprisals and establishes a system for the matters disclosed to be properly investigated and for rectifying action to be taken.
Reporting a disclosure
A disclosure about improper conduct or detrimental action by the Agency or one of its officers may be made in person, by telephone or in writing to the following:
- Ombudsman - 1800 001 170 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- CEO, Tourism Tasmania - phone 03 6165 5294
- Director Operations and Planning, Tourism Tasmania - phone 03 6165 5336
Tourism Tasmania is committed to the aims and objectives of the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2002. It does not tolerate improper conduct by its employees or officers, or the taking of detrimental action against those who come forward to disclose such conduct.
Tourism Tasmania recognises the value of transparency and accountability in its administrative and management practices, and supports the making of disclosures that reveal the type of conduct to which the Act is directed.
Tourism Tasmania will take all reasonable steps to protect people who make such a disclosure from any detrimental action in reprisal for making the disclosure, and to protect their welfare. It will also afford natural justice to all parties involved in the investigation of a disclosure.
Public Interest Disclosure - Procedures
These procedures establish a system for reporting disclosures of improper conduct or detrimental action by officers or employees of Tourism Tasmania. The procedures are also intended to assist its officers and employees understand the way in which the Act operates and needs to be administered.