The Public Interest Disclosure Act requires public bodies to support employees who come forward to report serious concerns by:
Providing information to employees about how to report wrongdoing
Appointing a senior official as a Designated Officer to receive and investigate reports of wrongdoing
Establishing procedures to:
Fairly and effectively manage and investigate reports of wrongdoing
Protect the identity of employees who report wrongdoing and maintain the confidentiality of information
Assess the risk of reprisal to employees who speak up
Report on the outcomes of investigations and any recommendations made
Training staff about their rights and responsibilities under the Act
Chief Executives of smaller organizations may opt out of creating procedures for managing reports of wrongdoing and appointing a Designated Officer following consultation with the Ombudsperson. A Chief Executive of a public body that did not establish procedures must investigate any disclosures received from employees in consultation with the Ombudsperson, or may refer the disclosure to the Ombudsperson.
Chief Executives that do not have procedures should contact the Ombudsperson immediately following receipt of a report of wrongdoing from an employee.