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.