What is a public interest disclosure

A public interest disclosure is when you tell an official you think that someone in a government department has acted in an illegal or dangerous way as defined in Queensland's Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010 (PID Act).

Your complaint has to go to the correct government authority to be classed as a public disclosure statement. After the statement has been made, there's a responsibility by the relevant government department to assess and if appropriate investigate and deal with the information provided.

We manage public interest disclosures in line with the Management of Public Interest Disclosures - Darling Downs Health procedure [PDF 196 kB].

Who can make a public interest disclosure

Anyone can make a disclosure but to be considered a public interest disclosure the information must be disclosed to a proper authority.

They must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • A substantial and specific danger to the health or safety of a person with a disability.
  • A substantial and specific danger to the environment.
  • An environmental offence as described in Schedule 2 of the PID Act 2010.
  • The conduct of another person that could, if proven, be a reprisal.

If you work for Darling Downs Health or another public sector agency, there are other reasons that you can make a disclosure.

To be considered a public interest disclosure, the information must meet one of the criteria below and be disclosed to a proper authority.

  • Suspected corrupt conduct as defined in Queensland's Crime and Corruption Act 2001.
  • Mismanagement that negatively affects a person’s interests in a substantial and specific way.
  • A substantial misuse of public resources.
  • A substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.

How to make a disclosure

You can make a public interest disclosure to your manager or supervisor if you’re a staff member.

You can contact the complaints resolution manager by:

Disclosures can also be made directly to:

Our commitment

We encourage anyone who believes they’ve witnessed wrongdoing to come forward and make a disclosure.

Disclosures can also be made anonymously.

We have an obligation to deal with wrongdoing and want members of the public and staff to feel confident and comfortable making a disclosure.

Our employees have an ethical responsibility to disclose wrongdoing. Section 9 of Queensland's Public Sector Ethics Act 1994 places an obligation on all employees to disclose fraud, corruption and maladministration.

The obligation to report wrongdoing is also reflected in Principle 1 of the Queensland Public Service Code of Conduct.

We believe staff who come forward with disclosures of wrongdoing are acting as exemplary organisational citizens by assisting us in promoting openness, accountability and good management.

Last updated: March 2022