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Public Interest Disclosure Act – update on LGA resources for councils - Circular 14.10

To Chief Executive Officer
Governance Officers
Date 4 April 2019
Contact Alicia Stewart
Email: alicia.stewart@lga.sa.gov.au
Response Required No
Summary The LGA is developing guidelines, model policy, model procedures and training program for councils for the purposes of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2018. All resources, including a training session, will be provided to members free of charge and will be made available when sufficient information is available to properly inform those resources.

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2018 (PID) — which is not yet in force but anticipated to commence mid-2019—will replace the existing Whistleblowers Protection Act 1992.

The LGA is working with HWL Ebsworth Lawyers to develop a range of resources to assist councils including explanatory guidelines, model policy, model procedures and training program. These resources are still in development.

The LGA believes it is premature to provide resources and training for the PID Act because certain information is not yet available to properly inform those resources.

For example, the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption is currently consulting on draft Reporting Directions and Public Interest Disclosure Guidelines (see circular 12.5) and there may be changes to the guidelines as result of consultation. Also, relevant regulations under the PID Act have not been made or released for consultation. The LGA is consulting closely with ICAC and the Attorney-General’s Department and will provide members with further updates when new information becomes know.

All resources, including a training session, will be available to members free of charge and will be made available when sufficient information is available to fully inform those resources.

For more information please contact Alicia Stewart (alicia.stewart@lga.sa.gov.au).

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