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PUBLIC INTEREST DISCLOSURES ACT 1994 - SECT 6D

Public interest disclosures policies and guidelines

6D Public interest disclosures policies and guidelines

(1) Each public authority must have a policy that provides for its procedures for receiving, assessing and dealing with public interest disclosures.
(1A) Such a policy must provide that a copy of the policy and an acknowledgment, in writing, of the receipt of the disclosure is to be provided to a person who makes a public interest disclosure, within 45 days after the person makes the disclosure.
(2) The Ombudsman may adopt guidelines for the procedures of public authorities for receiving, assessing and dealing with public interest disclosures. The guidelines may include a model policy that provides for those procedures.
(3) A public authority must have regard to (but is not bound by) the Ombudsman's guidelines in formulating a policy for the purposes of this section.
(4) Subsection (1A) does not apply in relation to a public interest disclosure:
(a) made by a public official in performing his or her day to day functions as that public official, or
(b) otherwise made by a public official, under a statutory or other legal obligation.



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