Public Interest Disclosure Act – the role of authorised officers

Course outline

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (the PID Act) commenced on 15 January 2014. The new Act makes very significant changes to the way in which most Commonwealth agencies will deal with disclosures of misconduct by public officials, including reports of alleged breaches of the APS Code of Conduct. It is important that managers understand their new obligations under the Act. This training includes the relevant 2023 amendments to the PID Act.

This half-day course builds on AGS's half-day general introduction to the PID Act, but that general training is not a pre-requisite for this training course.

This session will focus specifically on the key role of the agency's authorised officers under the PID Act. We will look in detail at the authorised officer's functions of:

  • providing information to potential disclosers
  • receiving PID disclosures directly from disclosers, and from their supervisors
  • allocating disclosures inside and outside their agency
  • determining that a discloser is a public official

as well as considering issues around the appointment of authorised officers and compliance with the Public Interest Disclosure Standard 2013.


Our presenters are AGS lawyers who have a great depth of knowledge of the government environment, and who practise extensively in the areas of information access and administrative law.


This is a half-day course delivered online. This course offers 3 CPD points.


Standard fee – $440 (inclusive of GST) per person. No more than 20 people will be accepted on each course and courses will only be conducted if we receive sufficient nominations.