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Public interest disclosure

Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service has a commitment to ensuring the highest level of ethics in our organisation. As such, we support public interest disclosures.

Public interest disclosures mean the disclosure of information specified in the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010 (sections 12 and 13) and made to an appropriate public sector entity that has the responsibility or power to take appropriate action about the information disclosed or to provide an appropriate remedy.

Procedure

Example of public interest disclosures

Any person can make a public interest disclosure to the following:

  • A substantial and specific danger to the health or safety of a person with a disability
  • A substantial and specific danger to the environment
  • The commission of an environmental offence (see Schedule 2 of the PID Act 2010)
  • The conduct of another person that could, if proven, be a reprisal.

Employees of Gold Coast Health (or other public sector agencies) can also make a disclosure about:

  • Suspected corrupt conduct, as defined in the Crime and Corruption Act 2001
  • Maladministration that adversely affects a person’s interests in a substantial and specific way
  • A substantial misuse of public resources
  • A substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.

How to make a disclosure

A person can make a public interest disclosure to the following:

  • Statutory Compliance and Conduct 
    • Phone: (07) 5687 9057
    • Email: GCPID@health.qld.gov.au
    • Post: Gold Coast University Hospital, 1 Hospital Boulevard, Southport  QLD 4215
  • Health Service Chief Executive
    • Post: Gold Coast University Hospital, 1 Hospital Boulevard, Southport  QLD 4215

Disclosures can also be made to:

  • the Crime and Corrunption Commission if it concerns corrupt conduct
  • the Queensland Ombudsman if it concerns maladministration
  • a member of Legislative Assembly. 

Gold Coast Health's commitment

Gold Coast Health encourages any person who considers that they have witnessed wrongdoing to come forward and make a disclosure.

Every employee has an ethical responsibility to disclose wrongdoing and any disclosure is in accordance with Gold Coast Health's ethical culture and in particular, acting with integrity. Section 9 of the Public Sector Ethics Act 1994 places an obligation on all Gold Coast Health employees to disclose fraud, corruption and maladministration. Further to this, the obligation to report wrongdoing is reflected in Principle 1 of the Queensland Public Service Code of Conduct.


Last updated 21 Dec 2016