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PUBLIC INTEREST DISCLOSURES ACT 1994 - As at 1 July 2020 - Act 92 of 1994 - NOTES

Protected Disclosures Act 1994

Does not include amendments by--

Government Sector Finance Legislation (Repeal and Amendment) Act 2018 No 70 (amended by Local Government Amendment Act 2019 No 6) (not commenced)

Editorial note

The Parliamentary Counsel's Office is progressively updating certain formatting styles in versions of NSW in force legislation published from 29 July 2019. For example, colons are being replaced by em-rules (em-dashes). Text of the legislation is not affected.
This version has been updated.

Reprint history--

Reprint No 1   27 March 2001  
Reprint No 2   16 October 2007  

Historical notes

The following abbreviations are used in the Historical notes:

Am amended LW legislation website Sch Schedule
Cl clause No number Schs Schedules
Cll clauses p page Sec section
Div Division pp pages Secs sections
Divs Divisions Reg Regulation Subdiv Subdivision
GG Government Gazette Regs Regulations Subdivs Subdivisions
Ins inserted Rep repealed Subst substituted

Table of amending instruments

Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994 No 92 (formerly Protected Disclosures Act 1994). Assented to 12.12.1994. Date of commencement, 1.3.1995, sec 2 and GG No 18 of 24.2.1995, p 915. This Act has been amended as follows--

1996 No 29 Police Legislation Amendment Act 1996. Assented to 21.6.1996.
Date of commencement of Sch 6.3, 1.12.1996, sec 2 and GG No 137 of 29.11.1996, p 7724.
1997 No 147 Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 1997. Assented to 17.12.1997.
Date of commencement of Sch 2.24, assent, sec 2 (2).
1998 No 98 Protected Disclosures Amendment (Police) Act 1998. Assented to 26.10.1998.
Date of commencement, 27.11.1998, sec 2 and GG No 165 of 27.11.1998, p 9014.
1999 No 85 Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 1999. Assented to 3.12.1999.
Date of commencement of Sch 4, assent, sec 2 (1).
2000 No 53 Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2000. Assented to 29.6.2000.
Date of commencement of Sch 1.22, assent, sec 2 (2).
2001 No 56 Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2001. Assented to 17.7.2001.
Date of commencement of Sch 1.13, assent, sec 2 (2).
No 112 Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 2001. Assented to 14.12.2001.
Date of commencement of Sch 1.24, assent, sec 2 (2).
2002 No 112 Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 2002. Assented to 29.11.2002.
Date of commencement of Sch 1.22, assent, sec 2 (3).
2003 No 40 Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2003. Assented to 22.7.2003.
Date of commencement of Sch 1.40, assent, sec 2 (2).
2005 No 10 Independent Commission Against Corruption Amendment Act 2005. Assented to 14.4.2005.
Date of commencement of Sch 2.10, 1.7.2005, sec 2 and GG No 81 of 1.7.2005, p 3309.
2007 No 94 Miscellaneous Acts (Local Court) Amendment Act 2007. Assented to 13.12.2007.
Date of commencement of Sch 4, 6.7.2009, sec 2 and 2009 (314) LW 3.7.2009.
2008 No 123 Independent Commission Against Corruption Amendment Act 2008. Assented to 16.12.2008.
Date of commencement, assent, sec 2.
2009 No 54 Government Information (Public Access) (Consequential Amendments and Repeal) Act 2009. Assented to 26.6.2009.
Date of commencement, 1.7.2010, sec 2 and 2010 (248) LW 18.6.2010.
2010 No 84 Protected Disclosures Amendment (Public Interest Disclosures) Act 2010. Assented to 1.11.2010.
Date of commencement of Sch 1 [1]-[6] [10]-[12] [14] (to the extent to which it inserts sec 6A) [15] [17] [20] [22] [23] [25] [33]-[38] [39] (to the extent to which it inserts sec 31B) and [40]-[43], 3.3.2011, sec 2 and 2011 (121) LW 3.3.2011; date of commencement of Sch 1 [7]-[9] [13] [14] (to the extent to which it inserts secs 6B-6D) [16] [18] [19] [21] [24] [26]-[32] and [39] (to the extent that it inserts sec 31A), 1.7.2011, sec 2 and 2011 (121) LW 3.3.2011; date of commencement of Sch 1 [39] (to the extent that it inserts sec 31), 1.1.2012, sec 2 and 2011 (121) LW 3.3.2011.
2011 No 37 Public Interest Disclosures Amendment Act 2011. Assented to 13.9.2011.
Date of commencement of Sch 1, Sch 1 [5] excepted, 1.11.2011, sec 2 (1) and 2011 (535) LW 7.10.2011; date of commencement of Sch 1 [5], 1.1.2012, sec 2 (2).
No 62 Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 2011. Assented to 16.11.2011.
Date of commencement of Sch 3, 6.1.2012, sec 2 (1).
2012 No 66 Crime Commission Act 2012. Assented to 24.9.2012.
Date of commencement of Sch 5.12, 5.10.2012, sec 2 and 2012 (499) LW 5.10.2012.
2013 No 17 Public Interest Disclosures Amendment Act 2013. Assented to 3.4.2013.
Date of commencement, assent, sec 2.
No 41 Members of Parliament Staff Act 2013. Assented to 25.6.2013.
Date of commencement, 24.2.2014, sec 2 and 2014 (56) LW 20.2.2014.
No 72 Police Integrity Commission and Independent Commission Against Corruption Legislation Amendment (Inspectors) Act 2013. Assented to 24.9.2013.
Date of commencement, assent, sec 2.
No 111 Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 2013. Assented to 3.12.2013.
Date of commencement of Sch 3.22, 3.1.2014, sec 2 (1).
2014 No 33 Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014. Assented to 24.6.2014.
Date of commencement of Sch 3.27, 4.7.2014, sec 2 (1).
No 86 Ombudsman and Public Interest Disclosures Legislation Amendment Act 2014. Assented to 28.11.2014.
Date of commencement of Sch 2, assent, sec 2 (2).
2016 No 61 Law Enforcement Conduct Commission Act 2016. Assented to 14.11.2016.
Date of commencement of Sch 6.39, 1.7.2017, sec 2 (1) and 2017 (256) LW 16.6.2017.
No 65 Independent Commission Against Corruption Amendment Act 2016. Assented to 23.11.2016.
Date of commencement, 7.8.2017, sec 2 and 2017 (387) LW 4.8.2017.
2017 No 65 Local Government Amendment (Regional Joint Organisations) Act 2017. Assented to 30.11.2017.
Date of commencement, 15.12.2017, sec 2 and 2017 (730) LW 15.12.2017.
2018 No 63 Building and Development Certifiers Act 2018 No 63. Assented to 31.10.2018.
Date of commencement, 1.7.2020, sec 2 and 2020 (77) LW 4.3.2020.
2019 No 6 Local Government Amendment Act 2019. Assented to 25.6.2019.
Date of commencement of Sch 2.4, assent, sec 2 (1).
No 25 Children's Guardian Act 2019. Assented to 4.12.2019.
Date of commencement of Sch 5.31, 1.3.2020, sec 2(1).

Table of amendments

Long title Am 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [43]; 2011 No 37, Sch 1 [19].
Sec 1 Am 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [1].
Sec 3 Am 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [2]; 2011 No 37, Sch 1 [1].
Sec 4 Am 1996 No 29, Sch 6.3 [1]-[4]; 1998 No 98, Sch 1 [1]; 2000 No 53, Sch 1.22; 2001 No 112, Sch 1.24 [1]-[5]; 2005 No 10, Sch 2.10 [1] [2]; 2008 No 123, Sch 2; 2009 No 54, Sch 2.37 [1] [2]; 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [3]-[12]; 2011 No 37, Sch 1 [2] [3]; 2011 No 62, Sch 3.26 [1]; 2012 No 66, Sch 5.12 [1]-[3]; 2014 No 33, Sch 3.27 [1]; 2016 No 61, Sch 6.39 [1]-[4]; 2017 No 65, Sch 2.27 [1]; 2019 No 25, Sch 5.31.
Sec 4A Ins 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [13]. Subst 2013 No 17, Sch 1 [1]. Am 2013 No 41, Sch 3.6; 2014 No 33, Sch 3.27 [2]; 2018 No 63, Sch 3.12.
Sec 5 Am 1996 No 29, Sch 6.3 [5]; 2013 No 72, Sch 3 [1].
Sec 6A Ins 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [14]. Am 2011 No 37, Sch 1 [4]; 2013 No 17, Sch 1 [2] [3]; 2016 No 61, Sch 6.39 [5]; 2016 No 65, Sch 3.10.
Secs 6B, 6C Ins 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [14].
Sec 6CA Ins 2011 No 37, Sch 1 [5]. Am 2014 No 86, Sch 2 [1].
Sec 6D Ins 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [14]. Am 2011 No 37, Sch 1 [6] [7]; 2013 No 17, Sch 1 [4].
Sec 6E Ins 2011 No 37, Sch 1 [8]. Am 2014 No 33, Sch 3.27 [3].
Part 2, heading Subst 2011 No 37, Sch 1 [9].
Sec 8 Am 2002 No 112, Sch 1.22 [1]; 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [15] [16].
Sec 9 Am 1998 No 98, Sch 1 [2]; 2001 No 56, Sch 1.13 [1]; 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [17]; 2011 No 37, Sch 1 [10]; 2011 No 62, Sch 3.26 [2] [3]. Rep 2013 No 17, Sch 1 [5].
Sec 9A Ins 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [18].
Secs 10-12 Am 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [19].
Sec 12A Ins 1996 No 29, Sch 6.3. [6]. Am 1997 No 147, Sch 2.24; 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [19]; 2013 No 72, Sch 3 [2]; 2013 No 111, Sch 3.22 [1]; 2016 No 61, Sch 6.39 [6].
Sec 12B Ins 2001 No 112, Sch 1.24 [6]. Am 2003 No 40, Sch 1.40 [1]; 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [19] [20]; 2011 No 37, Sch 1 [11]; 2017 No 65, Sch 2.27 [2].
Sec 12C Ins 2005 No 10, Sch 2.10 [3]. Am 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [19]; 2013 No 111, Sch 3.22 [2].
Sec 12D Ins 2009 No 54, Sch 2.37 [3]. Am 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [21].
Sec 12E Ins 2012 No 66, Sch 5.12 [4]. Am 2013 No 111, Sch 3.22 [2]. Rep 2016 No 61, Sch 6.39 [7].
Sec 13 Am 1996 No 29, Sch 6.3 [7]; 2005 No 10, Sch 2.10 [4]; 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [19]; 2013 No 72, Sch 3 [3]; 2013 No 111, Sch 3.22 [2] [3].
Sec 14 Am 2002 No 112, Sch 1.22 [2] [3]; 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [19] [22]-[24].
Sec 15 Subst 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [25]. Am 2011 No 37, Sch 1 [12].
Sec 16 Rep 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [26].
Sec 17 Am 2001 No 112, Sch 1.24 [7].
Sec 18 Am 2011 No 37, Sch 1 [12].
Sec 20 Am 1998 No 98, Sch 1 [3]; 2001 No 112, Sch 1.24 [8]; 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [27]-[29]; 2011 No 37, Sch 1 [12] [13]; 2013 No 17, Sch 1 [6]; 2016 No 61, Sch 6.39 [80.
Sec 20A Ins 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [30]. Am 2011 No 37, Sch 1 [12].
Sec 20B Ins 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [30].
Sec 21 Am 2011 No 37, Sch 1 [6] [12].
Sec 22 Am 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [31] [32]; 2011 No 37, Sch 1 [6] [12].
Sec 25 Am 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [33] [34]; 2011 No 37, Sch 1 [12] [14]; 2014 No 86, Sch 2 [2].
Sec 26 Am 2002 No 112, Sch 1.22 [4]; 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [35] [36]; 2011 No 37, Sch 1 [12].
Sec 26A Ins 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [37].
Sec 26B Ins 2011 No 37, Sch 1 [15].
Sec 29 Am 2007 No 94, Sch 4.
Sec 30 Am 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [38].
Sec 31 Rep 1999 No 85, Sch 4. Ins 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [39]. Am 2014 No 86, Sch 2 [3]; 2019 No 6, Sch 2.4 [1].
Secs 31A, 31B Ins 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [39].
Sec 32 Subst 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [40]. Am 2011 No 37, Sch 1 [6].
Sec 33 Ins 1998 No 98, Sch 1 [4].
Sch 1 Rep 1999 No 85, Sch 4.
Sch 2 Ins 1998 No 98, Sch 1 [5]. Am 2001 No 56, Sch 1.13 [2]; 2001 No 112, Sch 1.24 [9] [10]; 2003 No 40, Sch 1.40 [2] [3]; 2005 No 10, Sch 2.10 [5]; 2010 No 84, Sch 1 [41] [42]; 2011 No 37, Sch 1 [12] [16]-[18]; 2013 No 17, Sch 1 [7] [8] ; 2013 No 72, Sch 3 [4]; 2016 No 61, Sch 6.39 [9]; 2019 No 6, Sch 2.4 [2].



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