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Public Interest Disclosure

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service has a commitment to ensuring the highest level of ethics in our organisation.  As such, we support public interest disclosures.

Public interest disclosures mean 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 Wide Bay 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 Manager, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service

Human Resources Manager: NorthPhone: (07) 4150 2831
Post: PO Box 34, Bundaberg QLD 4670

Human Resources Manager: SouthPhone: (07) 4325 6111
Post: PO Box 592, Hervey Bay QLD 4655

  • The Health Service Chief Executive, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service
    Post: PO Box 34, Bundaberg QLD 4670

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

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service's commitment

Wide Bay 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 Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service.  Every employee has an ethical responsibility to disclose wrongdoing and any disclosure is in accordance with the Wide Bay 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 Wide Bay 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. Wide Bay 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, accountability and good management.

Last updated: 10 June 2014