A whistleblower is someone who is aware of illegal activities or corruption and who discloses this information to authorities so that it can be investigated in the public interest. The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2018 (SA) protects whistleblowers who disclose matters relating to substantial risks to public health, safety or the environment, or about corruption, misconduct and maladministration in public administration.
Provided the conduct is reported to an appropriate authority (as specified in the Act, see section 5(5)) or in certain circumstances to a journalist or Member of Parliament, the Act gives immunity to the whistleblower [see s 5]. The Act does not protect people who make false or misleading claims [see s 10]. The person must believe, on reasonable grounds, that the disclosure is true [see ss 5(3) and 5(4)].
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