What is a public interest disclosure?
A public interest disclosure is a disclosure by a worker concerning a wrongdoing on the part of their employer. Protected disclosures include information about:
- an alleged criminal offence;
- a failure to comply with a legal obligation;
- a miscarriage of justice;
- a breach of health and safety such that an individual has been, is, or is likely to be endangered;
- damage to the environment; or
- the deliberate concealment, or likely deliberate concealment, of information about one of the above.
Workers are protected from dismissal or detriment because of making a public interest disclosure (known as whistleblowing).
A disclosure is not protected unless the worker reasonably believes that the disclosure is made in the public interest.