Resources for Public Interest Disclosures

The PID Act 2022 was assented to on 13 April 2022 and will come into force up to 18 months after assent. NSW Government Agencies continue to be subject to the Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994 until the new Act comes into force. The IPC Public Interest Disclosure Internal Reporting Policy will be updated once the new legislation comes into effect.

The Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994 (PID Act) provides a system to encourage public officials to report wrongdoings. As provided for under the PID Act, the NSW Information Commissioner is responsible for receiving complaints made as PIDs about government information contraventions.

Under the PID Act, a public sector official can report a government information contravention, which is defined as a failure to exercise functions in accordance with any provision of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) to the Information Commissioner.

The information here will assist public officials in making a complaint to the Information Commissioner and to understand the process and procedures the Information Commissioner will apply in considering their complaint, as well as the information that may be of assistance in assessing the complaint.

If you are having difficulties reading any IPC documents or require them in an alternative format, please contact us on 1800 472 679.


Updated Checklist for reporting a public interest disclosure (PID) alleging a government information contravention
The checklist above ensures that sufficient information is submitted for the Information Commissioner (PC) to decide on action to take.

Decision tree
Assessment of PIDs