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Policy: Public interest disclosure


This document sets out the policy for handling disclosures under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID Act).


This policy has been developed to comply with the provisions as set out in the PID Act.


This policy applies to all current or former staff of the University and to University contracted service providers; it does not apply to students and visitors of the University.


Authorised Officer means the persons appointed by the Vice-Chancellor to act as an Authorised Officer under the PID Act.

    Disclosable Conduct is conduct engaged in by an agency (including the University), public official or contracted service provider that includes (but is not limited to) illegal conduct, corruption, maladministration, abuse of public trust, deception relating to scientific research, wastage of public money, unreasonable danger to health and safety or to the environment. A full definition is found under section 29 of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013.

Principal Officer, for the purposes of the University, means the Vice-Chancellor as the Chief Executive Officer of the University.

Public Official, for the purposes of the University, means:

  • a Principal Officer of the University;
  • a member of staff of the University;
  • a member of the University; and
  • an individual who is employed by the Commonwealth and performs duties for the University.

Policy statement

The University encourages the making of reports of Disclosable Conduct

  1. The University encourages and supports the reporting of wrongdoing by Public Officials in accordance with the PID Act.
  2. The University will take active steps to support and to protect persons who make disclosures under the PID Act.
  3. The University recognises that it is important to have an effective system for reporting and investigating Disclosable Conduct. Some of the potential benefits of such a system are reducing the work health and safety risks to our workers, effective and appropriate use of the University’s financial resources and making our programs and processes more efficient and transparent. Another potential benefit is increasing the confidence of our workers in the way the University is managed.
  4. The University also recognises that a decision by the University not to deal with a disclosure as a disclosure under the PID Act could be seriously detrimental to both the discloser and to the effective operation and the reputational standing of the University.

Disclosable Conduct

  1. The full definition of Disclosable Conduct is set out in section 29 of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013.
  2. It does not matter whether Disclosable Conduct occurred before or after 15 January 2014 (the date that the PID Act commences).
  3. It does not matter whether the Public Official who carried out the alleged conduct has ceased to be a Public Official since the time the conduct is alleged to have occurred, but it is necessary that they carried out the conduct in connection with their position as a Public Official.
  4. Under the PID Act, personal work-related conduct, such as interpersonal conflict or decisions regarding a person’s employment, are not considered Disclosable Conduct unless an exception applies. For full details refer to the relevant PID Scheme Fact Sheet.
  5. Reports of alleged corrupt conduct are made under the Fraud and Corruption Control Policy and Procedure.


Printable version (PDF)
Title Public interest disclosure
Document Type Policy
Document Number ANUP_006402
Purpose To set out the policy for handling disclosures of corrupt conduct and maladministration of the serious and substantial waste of University resources.
Audience Staff
Category Administrative
Topic/ SubTopic Governance & Structure
Effective Date 14 Dec 2023
Next Review Date 13 Dec 2028
Responsible Officer: Director, Corporate Governance and Risk Office
Approved By: Vice-Chancellor
Contact Area Corporate Governance and Risk Office
Authority: Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013
Delegations 0

Information generated and received by ANU staff in the course of conducting business on behalf of ANU is a record and should be captured by an authorised recordkeeping system. To learn more about University records and recordkeeping practice at ANU, see ANU recordkeeping and Policy: Records and archives management.