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The CSIRO PID Scheme is available to ‘Public Officials’ to make public interest disclosures.
From 15 January 2014, the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (Cth) (PID Act) gives a right to Public Officials to disclose information about suspected wrongdoing in CSIRO and other parts of the Commonwealth public sector.
The PID Act aims to promote integrity and accountability in the Australian public sector – including CSIRO – by encouraging the disclosure of information about suspected wrongdoing, protecting people who make disclosures and requiring agencies to take action.
For information on the Australian Government’s approach to Public interest Disclosure and a copy of the PID Act go to the Commonwealth Ombudsman .
The PID Act provides a legislative basis for the CSIRO Public Interest Disclosure (PID) Scheme and associated protections. The following is a summary of the Scheme.
The CSIRO PID Scheme is only available to ‘Public Officials’. It is not open to the general public.
In the CSIRO PID Scheme, ‘Public Officials’ includes:
For some CSIRO affiliates, a CSIRO Authorised Internal Recipient will need to make a determination that they are a ‘Public Official’ to qualify under the CSIRO PID Scheme.
‘Public Officials’ who have information that they believe on reasonable grounds tends to show ‘disclosable conduct’ engaged in by:
The types of ‘disclosable conduct’ under the PID Act include conduct which:
Go to Commonwealth Ombudsman for a full list.
The following is not disclosable conduct:
Your disclosure should not be false, misleading, frivolous or vexatious.
Public interest disclosures by Public Officials may be made in writing or orally.
You can make a public interest disclosure to:
People working in CSIRO may also make disclosures to their Supervisor.
Public interest disclosures may be made in writing by mail or email to, or by making an appointment for a confidential telephone call with a CSIRO Authorised Internal Recipient.
Email address: PIDdisclosures@csiro.au
PO Box 225
Dickson ACT 2602
All written correspondence must be labeled 'Private and Confidential', on the envelope if correspondence is posted, and in the subject line of email messages. If lodging disclosures through the post, please use a double envelope to minimise the risk of support staff inadvertently reading the correspondence.
When disclosing, be clear and factual and avoid speculation, personal attacks and emotive language as these can divert attention from the real issues.
Your disclosure should contain as much information as possible, including:
You may use the Public Interest Disclosure to CSIRO template [pdf · 1mb] to make a disclosure (optional).
Public Officials may provide a disclosure anonymously, however this will reduce an investigator’s ability to investigate the matter, and the outcomes of the disclosure or investigation may not be able to be reported back to the discloser.
If you advise that you wish to remain anonymous, the Authorised Internal Recipient will take care to keep your contact details and identifying information confidential.
Everyone should recognise however that even if the staff involved in handling a disclosure take the utmost care to protect the discloser’s identity, they may not be able to prevent the person’s identity from becoming known or deduced.
If you make a disclosure, the PID Act provides certain protections from reprisals. Your identity will be treated confidentially and identifying information will only be used for the purposes of the PID Act (including the investigation) unless you consent to some additional use.
All disclosures will be handled in a confidential manner.
Go to Commonwealth Ombudsman for further information.
You can seek assistance from an Authorised Internal Recipient if you need help making a public interest disclosure.
Within 14 days after you make a disclosure, a CSIRO Authorised Internal Recipient will tell you (provided you are contactable) either:
If your disclosure is allocated to CSIRO to handle, CSIRO’s PID Investigator will advise you either that:
The investigation, if any, will be conducted in accordance with the PID Act. You may be contacted if the PID Investigator requires more information and you will be provided with a copy of the investigation report (after confidential and privacy-related information has been redacted).
You may make a complaint to the Commonwealth Ombudsman under the Ombudsman Act 1976 about a decision not to allocate or investigate your disclosure or about the way that your disclosure has been handled or investigated.
You may also make an external public interest disclosure to anyone if you have first made an internal disclosure (e.g. through the CSIRO PID Scheme) provided that it is not contrary to the public interest to do so and either:
You may also make an emergency disclosure if you reasonably believe there is a substantial and imminent danger to health, safety or the environment.
Go to Commonwealth Ombudsman for further information before making an external or emergency disclosure as specific conditions apply.
Other Commonwealth agencies who propose to allocate a public interest disclosure to CSIRO should first contact a CSIRO Authorised Internal Recipient at PIDdisclosures@csiro.au.
Go to Commonwealth Ombudsman for a copy of the PID Act and information sheets and guides.
In CSIRO, a ‘CSIRO affiliate’ means a person associated with CSIRO but who is not a staff member, namely: contractors; consultant; secondee; visiting scientist; honorary, post retirement or volunteer fellow; or student or trainee.
The CSIRO affiliate’s association with CSIRO is normally under some form of agreement to work in CSIRO.
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Last updated: Last updated: 10 March 2015
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