Can the officer responsible for dealing with disclosures have deputy officers?
Officers cannot delegate authority to someone else. If they did so, whistleblowers would lose the immunity and protection against reprisal provided under the Act. Immunity and protection apply when a disclosure is made to the officer or during the audits carried out by the officer.
However, as part of an audit, the disclosure officer may require the cooperation of anyone who can provide information or documents, as well as ask for an analysis or opinion on a matter, provided that the identity of the whistleblower and the people who cooperate remains confidential.
To find out more about the disclosure officer’s obligations, see the Information to public bodies section. The officer is nonetheless responsible for ensuring that the procedure is such that the whistleblower cannot be identified.