When can a situation be disclosed publicly?
If the wrongdoing poses a serious risk to a person’s health or safety or to the environment and the situation is urgent and you cannot contact us or the officer responsible for dealing with disclosures within the public body concerned, you can speak out publicly or through the media.
However, note that in these situations, you must meet the following two conditions to benefit from the protection against reprisal afforded by the Act:
- you contacted a police force or the Anti-Corruption Commissioner first before going public or to the media;
- disclosure does not have the effect of hindering measures to avoid serious risk to a person’s health or safety or to the environment.
If in doubt, contact us.