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Public sector whistleblowing reforms: Stage 2

The Law Council of Australia provided a submission to the Attorney-General’s Department in relation to the Consultation Paper released as part of the on second stage of public sector whistleblowing reform.1

The Law Council generally supports amendments to the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (Cth) (PID Act) that would implement the remaining recommendations made by Mr Philip Moss AM in 2016 (the Moss Review),2 the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services (PJCCFS) in 2017,3 and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) in 2020 for the improvement of federal whistleblower laws.4

The Law Council acknowledges that there is a public interest in ensuring appropriate protections are afforded to whistleblowers in the public sector. The Law Council strongly supports significant reform to simplify and clarify whistleblowing laws in Australia and provide improved access to necessary support and guidance for whistleblowers.


1 Attorney-General’s Department (Cth), Public sector whistleblowing reforms: Stage 2 – reducing complexity and improving the effectiveness and accessibility of protections for whistleblowers (Consultation Paper, November 2023) (Consultation Paper).
2 Philip Moss, Review of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (Report, 15 July 2016) (Moss Review).
3 Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services, Parliament of Australia, Whistleblower Protections (Report, September 2017) (PJCCFS Report).
4 Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, Parliament of Australia, Inquiry into the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press (August 2020).

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