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Introduction to the PID Act

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 commenced on 15 January 2014. The new Act changes the way most Commonwealth agencies will need to deal with disclosures of misconduct by public officials, including reports of alleged breaches of the APS Code of Conduct. It is important that supervisors, managers, Authorised Officers and CEOs understand their new obligations under the Act.

Outline and objectives

This course, presented by Richard Harding, will cover the main features of the new Act. It will then use a typical staff complaint to examine the roles of:

  • the supervisor
  • the Authorised Officer
  • the investigator

as well as considering the position of a disclosing employee.


Richard Harding (Special Counsel, Dispite Resolution) is the leader of AGS’s national Employment Law Network. He has spent many years advising on the interpretation of Commonwealth legislation. He has worked with a large number of Commonwealth agencies on the implementation of successive major reforms to the Workplace Relations Act over the last 15 years, culminating in the Fair Work Act 2009. Richard advises on the Public Service Act 1999, the Regulations, the Public Service Commissioner’s Directions and other public employment issues. He has assisted a number of clients with highly contested misconduct actions against senior employees. Richard presents and advises on the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013.


Managing disclosures under the PID Act


This is a half-day course, either 9 am to 12.30 pm or 1.30 pm to 5 pm. The calendar indicates when sessions are being offered by either ‘am’ or ‘pm’.

Morning/afternoon tea will be provided.


Standard fee – $600 (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.