Review of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010
On 23 November 2022 the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, the Honourable Shannon Fentiman announced the Queensland Government had begun its review of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010 (the PID Act). Read the Terms of Reference.
This review was recommended by Professor Peter Coaldrake AO in his report Let the sunshine in: Review of culture and accountability in the Queensland public sector, which was published on 28 June 2022.
The PID Act facilitates the disclosure of information about wrongdoing in the public sector when it is in the public interest to do so, as well as providing protections for those who make disclosures. It is a key part of Queensland’s integrity framework, so it is important that this legislation is effectively achieving its goals and reflects international best practice.
The Honourable Alan Wilson KC has been appointed to conduct the review.
Mr Wilson was appointed as a Supreme Court judge and the inaugural president of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal in 2009, and retired from the Supreme Court in March 2015. Prior to his judicial career, Mr Wilson worked extensively as a barrister and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999. He was a District Court judge and Planning and Environment Court judge from 2001 to 2009, and a Childrens Court judge from 2003 to 2009.
An issues paper is expected to be released in early 2023 with the review expected to be completed by 30 April 2023.
For more information about the review, email the Public Interest Disclosure Review Secretariat at PIDActReview@justice.qld.gov.au.