There are three types of PIDs in the PID Act. These are:
- Voluntary PID: Where a report has been made by the public official because they decided, of their own accord, to come forward and disclose what they know.
- Mandatory PID: Where the public official has made a report about serious wrongdoing because they have a legal obligation to make that report, or because making that report is an ordinary aspect of their role or function in an agency.
- Witness PID: Where a person discloses information during an investigation of serious wrongdoing following a request or requirement of the investigator or agency.
Each type of PID has different criteria to be met and offers different protections. The attached policy mostly deals with voluntary PIDs.
Voluntary PIDs are the kind of PIDs most people have in mind when they think about public interest reporting and ‘whistleblowing’. They involve a public official making a report because they have information that they believe shows (or tends to show) serious wrongdoing, where they are not under a legal obligation to make that report and where it is not an ordinary part of their role to report such wrongdoing.
A report is a voluntary PID if it has the following five features:
- You are a public official
- It is made to a person that can receive PIDs
- The information you provide shows serious wrongdoing
- The report is made orally or in writing
- The report is voluntary (Not made as a result of a legal obligation)
The CEO of the Commission can deem a disclosure to be a PID despite it not fitting the above criteria.
If the Commission determines a disclosure to be a PID, it will notify the person making the disclosure and notify them of that fact.
You can make a public interest disclosure to LECC by the following means:
Phone: (02) 9321 6700
Mail: GPO Box 3880, Sydney NSW 2001
This LECC’s PID policy sets out:
- how the LECC will support and protect you if you come forward with a report of serious wrongdoing
- how we will deal with the report and our other responsibilities under the PID Act
- who to contact if you want to make a report
- how to make a report
- the protections which are available to you under the PID Act.
While the LECC can receive disclosures about any serious wrongdoing in the public sector, our focus is on serious wrongdoing by members of the NSW Police Force, the NSW Crime Commission or in the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission.