The Protected Disclosure Act 2012 came into operation on 10 February 2013. It replaces the former Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001.
The Act is designed to facilitate the disclosure of improper conduct by public bodies or their personnel of such a serious nature that, if proved, would constitute a criminal offence or would, in itself, be grounds for dismissal.
A person making a disclosure must be able to demonstrate reasonable grounds for believing the matter raised in the disclosure.
Each public body is required to have procedures to receive and manage disclosures under the Protected Disclosure Act.
A copy of CFA's procedures needs to be available for public access during normal business hours at the reception desk of every District, Region and at Headquarters.
All personnel are requested to make themselves familiar with these procedures.
The Protected Disclosure Act 2012 can be accessed on Austlii.