As readers are aware, in November 2018 the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2018 (‘the Act’) received assent. Upon commencement it will repeal the Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993.
Under the new framework, the ‘relevant authority’ for receipt of disclosures will include elected members, council employees and CEO’s, who will be required to provide the Office for Public Integrity with information in accordance with the Reporting Directions & Public Interest Disclosure Guidelines prepared by the ICAC.
Given the importance of the amendments to the public integrity framework that will be occasioned under the Act, it is critical for councils to give early consideration to the implementation of this regime, and to understand its operation in the wider context of the duties and requirements for public officers and public authorities.
Is your council ready for these changes?
In keeping with our commitment to service regional areas, KelledyJones Lawyers is pleased to offer a training session to be delivered on the Eyre Peninsula.
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