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PUBLIC INTEREST DISCLOSURES ACT 2012 - SECT 21

Notification of disclosure to the IBAC, the Victorian Inspectorate or the Integrity and Oversight Committee

    (1)     This section applies if—

        (a)     a public interest disclosure—

              (i)     is made in accordance with Division 2 of Part 2 to an entity other than to—

    (A)     the IBAC; or

    (B)     the Victorian Inspectorate under section 14(b); or

    (C)     the Integrity and Oversight Committee under section 14(a); or

              (ii)     is a misdirected disclosure; and

        (b)     the entity that received the disclosure (the  receiving entity ) considers that the disclosure may be a disclosure that—

              (i)     shows or tends to show—

    (A)     a person, public officer or public body has engaged, is engaging or proposes to engage in improper conduct; or

    (B)     a public officer or public body has taken, is taking or proposes to take detrimental action against a person in contravention of section 45; or

              (ii)     the person who made the disclosure believes on reasonable grounds shows or tends to show—

    (A)     a person, public officer or public body has engaged, is engaging or proposes to engage in improper conduct; or

    (B)     a public officer or public body has taken, is taking or proposes to take detrimental action against a person in contravention of section 45.

    (2)     Subject to subsection (3), the receiving entity must, no later than 28 days after the disclosure is made, notify the disclosure to the appropriate entity for assessment under this Part.

    (3)     If the disclosure is made to the Presiding Officer, the Presiding Officer may notify the disclosure to the appropriate entity for assessment under this Part.

    (4)     For the purposes of subsections (2) and (3), the appropriate entity to which a public interest disclosure must or may be notified is—

        (a)     the Integrity and Oversight Committee—if the disclosure relates to the Victorian Inspectorate or a Victorian Inspectorate Officer; or

        (b)     the Victorian Inspectorate—if the disclosure relates to the IBAC, an IBAC Officer or a Public Interest Monitor; or

S. 21(4)(ba) inserted by No. 50/2021 s. 138.

        (ba)     the Victorian Inspectorate—if the disclosure relates to the Office of the Special Investigator or an OSI officer; or

        (c)     the IBAC—if the disclosure relates to any other person or body.

Note

The protections under Part 6 apply to a public interest disclosure whether or not the disclosure is notified to the appropriate entity under this section.

S. 22 substituted by No. 2/2019 s. 9.



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