Public Interest Disclosure

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 WA facilitates the disclosure of public interest information such as information about wrongdoing within the public sector, public authorities, local government and public universities, and for the matters disclosed to be investigated and for appropriate action to be taken without fear of reprisal.

Wrongdoings by staff or contractors of Southern Port may include:

  • Administrative matters covered by the Ombudsman
  • An offence under state law
  • Improper conduct
  • Substantial misuse or mismanagement of public resources
  • Substantial risk of injury to public health, safety or the environment

The Act ensures openness and accountability within government by encouraging people to make disclosures and protect them when they do, this also includes the subject of disclosure.

There is a difference between a public interest disclosure, a grievance and a complaint. A public interest disclosure is a process to deal with matters of serious nature which if resolved would serve the public good.

Please refer to the "Guide for Disclosers" document at the bottom of this page for full details.

Our Obligations

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 WA requires Southern Ports to prepare and publish internal procedures relating to our obligations under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 WA.

Please refer to the "Public Interest Disclosure Procedure" document at the bottom of this page.

Southern Ports will comply with obligations in relation to public interest in any matters affecting Southern Ports by:

  • Designating a Public Interest Disclosure Officer/s
  • Receiving, assessing and investigation public interest disclosures
  • Maintaining confidentiality of an investigation
  • Recording the outcome of an investigation
  • Taking action following an investigation

Records of all public interest disclosures will be maintained, and reports will be published in compliance with the Act.

Important Things to Remember

  • Be discreet with your intentions to make a disclosure
  • Check your information is or may be accurate
  • Do not breach confidentiality after you have made a disclosure
  • Penalties or imprisonment may apply if the Act is contravened
  • Seek advice from the Southern Ports PID Officer before making your disclosure
  • You must make your disclosure to the proper authority in order to be protected under the Act

Southern Ports PID Officer/s are available to discuss your concerns prior to taking any formal steps to report.

PID Officers:

Company Secretary: 97296441
CEO: 9235 8001

Email: PID@southernports.com.au