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Public interest disclosure management program, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service

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 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 the Sunshine Coast 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 PID to the following:

  • Your manager or supervisor (if you are a staff member)
  • Director, People and Culture Services
  • The Health Service Chief Executive, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service
    • Post: PO Box 547, Nambour West QLD 4560

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

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service's commitment

The Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service is committed to ensuring the highest level of ethical behaviour in all aspects of our activities. We strongly support and encourage the reporting of PIDs.

All our staff have a responsibility to disclose wrongdoing and to ensure and any disclosure is in accordance with the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service’s ethical culture and in particular, acting with integrity.

This responsibility is reinforced by the provisions of Section 9 of the Public Sector Ethics Act 1994 places an obligation on all Health Service employees to disclose fraud, corruption and maladministration. Additionally, the obligation to report wrongdoing is reflected in Principle 1 of the Code of Conduct for the Queensland Public Service.

Frequently asked questions


  What will happen after I disclose this information?
  What protections will I have under the PID Act?
  Will I be identified as the person making the disclosure?
  What will be done if I believe reprisal is being taken against me?
  Will I have to leave the workplace?
  Can I make an anonymous complaint?
  What evidence do I need, or what investigation should I undertake?
  What if I don’t agree with the PID assessment?

Links

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service Policy [PDF, 183KB]
Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service Procedure [PDF, 362KB]
Further Frequently asked questions and their answers
Further generic information
Complaint Form
Authority Form

Last updated: 30 May 2013