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Public Interest Disclosure Amendment (Review) Bill 2022

2022

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Public Interest Disclosure Amendment (Review) Bill 2022

 

No.      , 2022

 

(Attorney-General)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 , and for related purposes

   

   



Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................ 1

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 1

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 3

Schedule 1—Main amendments                                                                                    4

Part 1—Personal work-related conduct                                                                4

Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013                                                                          4

Part 2—Allocation and investigation of disclosures                                      6

Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013                                                                          6

Part 3—Protection of disclosers and witnesses                                              24

Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013                                                                        24

Part 4—Reporting and sharing information                                                     36

Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013                                                                        36

Part 5—Roles of the Ombudsman and the IGIS                                            40

Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013                                                                        40

Part 6—Machinery of government changes                                                     42

Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013                                                                        42

Part 7—Agencies, public officials and principal officers                          46

Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013                                                                        46

Schedule 2—Other amendments                                                                                 50

Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013                                                                        50

Schedule 3—Application and saving provisions for Schedules 1 and 2 57

Schedule 4—Amendments contingent on the National Anti-Corruption Commission legislation                                                                                                                             60

Part 1—Repeal of items from the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2022 if this Act commences first 60

National Anti-Corruption Commission (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2022       60

Part 2—Amendments that commence if the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2022 commences before this Act        61

Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013                                                                        61

Part 3—Amendments that commence after this Act and the National Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2022 commence                                                                                  62

National Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2022                                                  62

Part 4—Amendments that commence after this Act and the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2022 commence          66

Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013                                                                        66

 



A Bill for an Act to amend the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 , and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act is the Public Interest Disclosure Amendment (Review) Act 2022 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedules 1 to 3

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation.

However, if the provisions do not commence within the period of 6 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent, they commence on the day after the end of that period.

 

3.  Schedule 4, Part 1

Immediately before the commencement of Schedule 1 to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2022 .

However, the provisions do not commence at all if that Schedule commences before the commencement of the provisions covered by table item 2.

 

4.  Schedule 4, Part 2

Immediately after the commencement of the provisions covered by table item 2.

However, the provisions do not commence at all if Schedule 1 to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2022 does not commence before that time.

 

5.  Schedule 4, Part 3

The later of:

(a) immediately after the commencement of the provisions covered by table item 2; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of section 40 of the National Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2022 .

However, the provisions do not commence at all if the event mentioned in paragraph (b) does not occur.

 

6.  Schedule 4, Part 4

The later of:

(a) immediately after the commencement of the provisions covered by table item 2; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of Schedule 1 to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2022 .

However, the provisions do not commence at all if the event mentioned in paragraph (b) does not occur.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3   Schedules

                   Legislation that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.