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A whistleblower is someone who is aware of illegal activities or corruption in the public or private sectors. This person makes the information known to authorities so that it can be investigated in the public interest.

The aim of the Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993 (the Act) is to facilitate the disclosure of such activities including, maladministration and waste in the public sector and corrupt or illegal conduct generally. It provides the means by which disclosures may be made and protect (from victimisation and civil or criminal liability) those who make such disclosures.

The Act clearly stipulates conditions which must be met in order for a person making a disclosure to receive protection. The Act does not protect people who knowingly make a false or reckless claim.

The department has developed a policy and procedure which specifies how disclosures of public interest information within the sphere of responsibility of the department can be made by departmental employees and members of the public.

Please see the Whistleblowers Protection Policy and Procedure for further information.

Disclosures in accordance with the Act can be made to the following Departmental 'Responsible Officers':

Nominated Responsible Officer positions Telephone Postal Address
Principal Policy Officer (Probity & Complaints),
Office of the Chief Executive
(08) 8204 1213 GPO Box 1047 Adelaide 5001
Director, Organisational Performance (08) 8463 7917 GPO Box 1047 Adelaide 5001
Regional Director, South East (08) 8735 1204 11 Helen Street, Mt Gambier 5290
Regional Director, Kangaroo Island (08) 8553 4415 PO Box 39, Kingscote 5223
Manager, Performance and Strategy (08) 8204 1407 GPO Box 1047 Adelaide 5001

Although it is preferable that matters which fall within the sphere of responsibility of the Department are reported to and investigated by officers of the Department, disclosures can also be made to a number of external agencies. Please see the list of appropriate authorities provided in the Whistleblowers Protection Procedure.

Disclosures may also be made to the Office for Public Integrity if they involve corruption or serious or systemic misconduct or maladministration by:

Phone: (+61 8) 8207 1777 (country callers can phone 1300 782 489 for the cost of a local call)

Post: GPO Box 11066, Adelaide, SA, 5001

Email: admin@opi.sa.gov.au

Online: complete the online complaint form at www.icac.sa.gov.au

In person: at the Office for Public Integrity, Level 1, 55 Currie Street, Adelaide. Make an appointment to attend in person by telephoning (+61 8) 8207 1777.

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