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 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.


Catherine Mann is a Senior Executive Lawyer specialising in public sector employment and workplace relations law. She represents and advises Commonwealth agencies on the full range of employment and workplace relations issues, including complex and contentious matters relating to discrimination, dismissals, SES employment issues, public interest disclosures and enterprise agreements. Her experience also includes administrative law litigation in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court and workers' compensation. She was solicitor on the record for the Minister for Workplace Relations in the Board of Bendigo TAFE v Barclay High Court appeal, and for the Commonwealth in the Ashby v Slipper litigation. She also worked on the fleet-grounding Qantas dispute.


This is a half-day course, either 9 am – 12.30 pm or 1.30 – 5 pm. Morning/afternoon tea will be provided.


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.