Queensland to review whistleblower laws

Queensland has appointed a retired Supreme Court judge to ensure the state’s whistleblower laws reflect international best practice.

Alan Wilson KC

Alan Wilson KC will review the Public Interest Disclosure Act, which covers the disclosure of information about wrongdoing in the public sector.

The act facilitates whistleblowing when it is in the public interest and if those making disclosures are protected.

Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman says Public Interest Disclosure Act is a key part of Queensland’s integrity framework, and it’s important that the legislation is “achieving its goals and reflected international best practice”.

“Making a protected public interest disclosure, or ‘whistleblowing,’ plays an important role in modern democratic government,” Mr Fentiman said in a statement.

“It contributes to open, transparent and accountable government and public administration.”

The review of the PID Act was one of the recommendations made by Professor Peter Coaldrake in his report, Let the Sunshine In: A Review of culture and accountability in the Queensland public sector.

The review is expected to be finished by 30 April 2023.

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