Members of the community can make representations to the ACT Audit Office, some of which are public interest disclosures under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012.
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012 enables anyone to report serious or systemic wrongdoing (referred to as 'disclosable conduct') in an ACT public sector entity or an ACT Legislative Assembly entity. Such a report is termed a public interest disclosure (PID).
Under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012, the Auditor-General is a disclosure officer to whom 'disclosable conduct', i.e. serious or systematic wrongdoing, can be reported.
Disclosable conduct is that which could: be illegal; involve a substantial misuse or waste of public money or resources; be misconduct; involve maladministration; present a substantial and specific danger to the health or safety of the public; or present a substantial and specific danger to the environment.
A Public Interest Disclosure can be lodged by anyone. Importantly, a person making a Public Interest Disclosure is to be protected from any incrimination and all those involved must be respected and afforded due process. A Public Interest Disclosure may be addressed through conducting a performance audit.
Download ACT Audit Office's Public Interest Disclosure Procedures (December 2016) PDF (994 kb)
Representations can be made by anyone directly to the ACT Audit Office, or to their elected representatives in the Assembly who may, in turn, decide to make representations to the ACT Audit Office.
These representations may be considered by the ACT Audit Office, or used to inform performance audit work being undertaken or a future audit. Each representation is considered on a case‐by‐case basis and is managed accordingly.