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Public Interest Disclosure

The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service is committed to ensuring we have the highest level of ethics in our organisation.  As such, we support public interest disclosures.

Public interest disclosures mean the disclofsure of information specified in the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010 (sections 12 and 13) and made to an appropriate public sector entity that has the responsibility or power to take appropriate action about the information disclosed or to provide an appropriate remedy.

Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health services manages Public Interest Disclosures in accordance with Management of Public Interest Disclosures - Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service policy.

Example of PIDs

Any person (including members of the public) can make a disclosure about:

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

Employees of Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (or other public sector agencies) can make a disclosure about:

  • Suspected corrupt conduct as defined in the Crime and Corruption Act 2001
  • Maladministration that adversely 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

A person can make a public interest disclosure to the following:

  • Your manager or supervisor (if you are a staff member)
  • Complaints Resolution Manager
  • The Chief Executive, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service
    • Post: PO Box 902, CAIRNS QLD 4870

Disclosures can additionally be made externally to:

  • the Crime and Corruption Commission
  • the Queensland Ombudsman
  • a member of the Legislative Assembly

Our commitment

The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service encourages any person who considers that they have witnessed wrongdoing to come forward and make a disclosure.  We aspire to an organisational climate where members of the public and staff feel confident and comfortable about making a disclosure of wrongdoing.

We believe that we have an obligation to deal with wrongdoing in the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service.  Every employee has an ethical responsibility to disclose wrongdoing and any disclosure is in accordance with the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service's ethical culture and in particular, acting with integrity.  Section 9 of the Public Sector Ethics Act 1994 places an obligation on all Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service employees to disclose fraud, corruption and maladministration.  Further to this, the obligation to report wrongdoing is reflected in Principle 1 of the Queensland Public Service Code of Conduct.  The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service believes staff who come forward with disclosures of wrongdoing are acting as exemplary organisational citizens by assisting us in promoting openness, accountabilifty and good management.


Last updated: 16 February 2015