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Public Interest Disclosures

Adelaide Plains Council is committed to:-

  • Upholding the principles of transparency and accountability in its administrative and management practices;
  • The protection of informants who make Disclosures; and
  • The genuine and efficient consideration and action in relation to information provided in a Disclosure

and, therefore, encourages the making of Disclosures that reveal Public Interest Information, in accordance with the Public Interest Disclosure Act (the PID Act), and Council’s Public Interest Disclosure Procedure.

What is a Disclosure?

A Disclosure means an appropriate Disclosure of Public Interest Information made to a Relevant Authority within the meaning of the PID Act.

Public Interest Information

There are two (2) types of Public Interest information:-

  • Environmental and Health Information; and
  • Public Administration Information.

Environmental and Health Information is information that raises a potential issue of a substantial risk to the environment or to the health or safety of the public generally or a significant section of the public (whether occurring before or after the commencement of the PID Act).

Public Administration Information is information that raises a potential issue of corruption, misconduct or maladministration in public administration (whether occurring before or after the commencement of the PID Act).

Environmental and Health Information

A person makes an appropriate Disclosure of environmental and health information if:

  1. the person:
    1. believes on reasonable grounds that the information is true; or
    2. is not in a position to form a belief on reasonable grounds about the truth of the information, but believes on reasonable grounds that the information may be true and is of sufficient significance to justify its Disclosure so that its truth may be investigated; and
  2. the Disclosure is made to a Relevant Authority.

Public Administration Information

A person makes an appropriate Disclosure of public administration information if:

  1. the person:
    1. is a public officer; and
    2. reasonably suspects that the information raises a potential issue of corruption, misconduct or maladministration in public administration; and
  2. the Disclosure is made to a Relevant Authority.

Relevant Authority

In accordance with Council’s Public Interest Disclosure Procedure, you can make a Disclosure to a:-

  • Relevant Authority within Council, by confidentially contacting one of Council’s Responsible Officers listed below; or
  • Relevant Authority external to Council, such as the Office for Public Integrity

Responsible Officers

The Chief Executive Officer has appointed two (2) Responsible Officers:-

Responsible Officer No. 1:

  • Sheree Schenk - General Manager Governance and Executive Office
    • Telephone: (08) 8527 0220
    • Email: sschenk@apc.sa.gov.au
    • Post: Confidential
      • Responsible Officer No. 1, Public Interest Disclosure
      • PO Box 18
      • Mallala SA 5502

Responsible Officer No. 2

  • Alyssa Denicola - Manager Governance and Administration
    • Telephone: (08) 8527 0220
    • Email: adenicola@apc.sa.gov.au
    • Post: Confidential
      • Responsible Officer No. 2, Public Interest Disclosure
      • PO Box 18
      • Mallala SA 5502

Protections

Protections are provided to those who make such appropriate Disclosures, including immunity from liability resulting from the Disclosure, confidentiality, protection against victimization, prohibition against hindering, obstructing or preventing an Informant from making a Disclosure.

More Information

For more information on when a Disclosure can be made, protections afforded to the Informant and a full list of Relevant Authorities, please refer to the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2018, the Public Interest Disclosure Guidelines issued by the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption and Council’s Public Interest Disclosure Procedure.