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Public interest disclosures

Metro South Health has a commitment to ensuring the highest level of ethics in our organisation.  As such, we support public interest disclosures.

Public interest disclosures mean the disclosure of information specified in the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010 (sections 12 and 13) and made to an appropriate public sector entity that has the responsibility or power to take appropriate action about the information disclosed or to provide an appropriate remedy.

Policy

Examples of public interest disclosures

Any person (including members of the public) can make a disclosure about:

  • a substantial and specific danger to the health or safety of a person with a disability
  • a substantial and specific danger to the environment
  • the conduct of another person that could, if proven, be a reprisal.

Employees of Metro South health (or other public sector agencies) can make a disclosure about:

  • suspected corrupt conduct, as defined in the Crime and Corruption Act 2001
  • maladministration that adversely affects a person’s interests in a substantial and specific way
  • a substantial misuse of public resources
  • a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.

How to make a disclosure

A person can make a public interest disclosure to the following:

  • Your manager or supervisor (if you are a staff member)
  • Manager, Staff Integrity and Investigations Unit
  • The Health Service Chief Executive, Metro South Health 
    • Post: PO Box 4043, Eight Mile Plains QLD 4113

Disclosures can additionally be made externally to:

Metro South Health's commitment

Metro South Health encourages any person who considers that they have witnessed wrongdoing to come forward and make a disclosure.  We aspire to an organisational climate where members of the public and staff feel confident and comfortable about making a disclosure of wrongdoing.

We believe that we have an obligation to deal with wrongdoing in Metro South Health.  Every employee has an ethical responsibility to disclose wrongdoing and any disclosure is in accordance with Metro South Health's ethical culture and in particular, acting with integrity.  Section 9 of the Public Sector Ethics Act 1994 places an obligation on all Metro South Health employees to disclose fraud, corruption and maladministration.  Further to this, the obligation to report wrongdoing is reflected in Principle 1 of the Queensland Public Service Code of Conduct.  Metro South Health believes staff who come forward with disclosures of wrongdoing are acting as exemplary organisational citizens by assisting us in promoting openness, accountability and good management.

Last updated 21 October 2016
Last reviewed 21 October 2016

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