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PUBLIC INTEREST DISCLOSURES ACT 1994 - SECT 8

Disclosures must be made by public officials

8 Disclosures must be made by public officials

(1) To be protected by this Act, a disclosure must be made by a public official:
(a) to an investigating authority, or
(b) to the principal officer of a public authority or investigating authority or officer who constitutes a public authority, or
(c) to:
(i) another officer of the public authority or investigating authority to which the public official belongs, or
(ii) an officer of the public authority or investigating authority to which the disclosure relates,
in accordance with any procedure established by the authority concerned for the reporting of allegations of corrupt conduct, maladministration, serious and substantial waste of public money or government information contravention by that authority or any of its officers, or
(c1) to the principal officer of the Department of Parliamentary Services, the Department of the Legislative Assembly or the Department of the Legislative Council about the conduct of a member of Parliament, or
(d) to a member of Parliament or to a journalist.
(2) A disclosure is protected by this Act even if it is made about conduct or activities engaged in, or about matters arising, before the commencement of this section.
(3) A disclosure made while a person was a public official is protected by this Act even if the person who made it is no longer a public official.
(4) A disclosure made about the conduct of a person while the person was a public official is protected by this Act even if the person is no longer a public official.



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