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.

The PID Act facilitates reports of 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 best practice.

The Reviewer

The Honourable Alan Wilson KC conducted 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.

Consultation

From 30 January 2023 public submissions were sought in response to an Issues paper. Submissions closed at 5pm on Friday 24 February 2023.

Submissions

You can now access the public submissions received by the review. These submissions have been published in accordance with the request for submissions outlined in the Issues paper. Some submissions have been redacted to protect personal information, or to prevent the publication of content the review considered may be offensive, insulting or defamatory, or that may compromise an investigation process. Other submissions received have not been published because they are confidential, to protect the privacy of individuals, in accordance with law or for another reason.

The opinions expressed in these submissions are those of the submitters and not the Reviewer or the Queensland Government. By publishing these submissions, we express no opinion about the content or accuracy of the submissions or other materials to which they refer.

Final report

After receiving an extension of time from the former Attorney-General, the Reviewer delivered a copy of the final report to the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, the Honourable Yvette D’Ath MP on 19 June 2023.

On 8 August 2023 the Final report was released. Read the Attorney-General's media statement.