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Public Interest Disclosure

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Public Interest Disclosure

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CQHHS) has a commitment to ensuring the highest level of ethics in our organisation. As such, we support public interest disclosures.

A Public Interest Disclosure (PID) means the disclosure 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.

Policy

Example of Public Interest Disclosures

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 Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service (or other public sector agencies) can make a disclosure about:

  • Suspected official misconduct, as defined in the Crime and Misconduct 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)
  • Human Resource Services, Workforce Division
    Phone: (07) 4920 5640
    Email: CQHHSHR@health.qld.gov.au
    Post: PO Box 871 ROCKHAMPTON QLD 4700
  • The Health Service Chief Executive,
    Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
    Post: PO Box 871 ROCKHAMPTON QLD 4700

Disclosures can additionally be made externally to:

  • the Crime and Misconduct Commission if it concerns official misconduct
  • the Queensland Ombudsman if it concerns maladministration
  • a member of the Legislative Assembly

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service commitment 

The Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service encourages any employee who considers that they have witnessed wrongdoing to come forward and make a disclosure. Every employee has a responsibility to disclose wrongdoing that reflects negatively on the high standards of professional and ethical conduct and integrity expected and required of all employees in the Health Service.

Every employee has an ethical responsibility to disclose wrongdoing and any disclosure is in accordance with Central Queensland 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 Central Queensland 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.

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Last updated: 20 November 2015