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Public Interest Disclosures

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID Act) promotes the integrity and accountability of the Commonwealth public sector by creating a framework for facilitating the reporting of suspected wrongdoing and ensuring timely and effective investigation of reports.

The public interest disclosure scheme supplements existing avenues for complaints and investigations, and provides support and protection to persons who make disclosures under the Act.

More information about the public interest disclosure scheme is available from the Commonwealth Ombudsman website.

Making a public interest disclosure

Public interest disclosures can be made openly or anonymously, orally or in writing, to an Authorised Officer under the PID Act. We have several Authorised Officers appointed under the PID Act. 

To email your public interest disclosure or request assistance to make a disclosure, email

Your identity and contact details, as well as the content of your public interest disclosure, will be protected in accordance with the PID Act.

The FSANZ's Privacy Policy outlines our personal information handling practices, including details on how to access or correct the personal information that we hold about you. 

Who can make a disclosure?

You must be a current or former public official (as defined by section 69 of the PID Act) to make a disclosure under the PID Act.  A public official includes, for example, a FSANZ employee, an individual who is a contracted service provider for FSANZ, and an officer or employee of a contracted service provider.

What information to include

You may wish to use the notification form, to ensure you include as much detail as possible.

In general, to assist us in assessing and properly investigating your PID, you should include:

  •  your name and contact details, unless you want to be anonymous
  •  details of the alleged wrongdoing
  • if you think the alleged wrongdoing could be considered corrupt conduct
  •  who committed the alleged wrongdoing
  •  when and where the alleged wrongdoing occurred
  •  relevant events surrounding the issue
  •  if you did anything in response to the wrongdoing
  •  others who know about the wrongdoing and have allowed it to continue
  •  if you’re concerned about possible reprisals as a result of making your disclosure
  • any supporting documentation and/or any witnesses.
Page last updated 20 May 2024