Protected Disclosures Act 2000

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Reprint as at 1 January 2014

Protected Disclosures Act 2000

Public Act2000 No 7
Date of assent3 April 2000
Commencementsee section 2


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the State Services Commission.


1 Title

2 Commencement

3 Interpretation

4 Act binds the Crown

5 Purpose of Act

Protected disclosures

6 Disclosures to which Act applies

6A Technical failure to comply with or refer to Act

6B Role of Ombudsmen in providing information and guidance

6C Information about internal procedures

7 Disclosure must be made in accordance with internal procedures

8 Disclosure may be made to head of organisation in certain circumstances

9 Disclosure may be made to appropriate authority in certain circumstances

10 Disclosure may be made to Minister of the Crown or Ombudsman in certain circumstances

11 Public sector organisations to establish internal procedures

Intelligence and security and international relations

12 Special rules on procedures of intelligence and security agency

13 Special rules on procedures of certain organisations relating to international relations and intelligence and security

14 Further protection of information relating to intelligence and security and international relations

Further provisions concerning Ombudsmen

15 Ombudsmen may escalate disclosure to appropriate authority or Minister or investigate disclosure

15A Ombudsmen may take over some investigations or investigate in conjunction with public sector organisation

15B Ombudsmen may review and guide investigations by public sector organisations

15C Ombudsmen may receive reports on investigations and include information in annual report

15D Chief Ombudsman may appoint persons to perform Ombudsman’s functions under this Act

15E Miscellaneous provisions relating to Ombudsmen

16 Reference from one appropriate authority to another of information disclosed


17 Personal grievance

18 Immunity from civil and criminal proceedings

19 Confidentiality

19A Protections extend to volunteers of supporting information

Miscellaneous provisions

20 False allegations

21 Other protections preserved

22 Legal professional privilege

23 No contracting out of Act

24 Review of operation of Act [Repealed]

Amendment to Human Rights Act 1993

25 Victimisation

Protected Disclosures Amendment Act 2009

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