Council is placing the DRAFT – Public Interest Disclosure Policy (POL 097) on public exhibition from 27 October 2023 for a period of 28 days, until 23 November 2023. Council invites public submissions on the draft Policy until 7 December 2023.
Submissions can be made via the Make a Submission form below, or you can email a submission to email@example.com, or via mail to The General Manager, Wagga Wagga City Council, PO Box 20, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650.
Persons making written submissions regarding the document are advised that any submission received within the submission period will be subject to the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 and the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act (PIPPA) and may be attached to the final report, in its entirety or in part, to Council unless explicitly requested by the person making the submission that they do not wish this to occur. Any questions relating to the Policy document may be referred to contact name on 1300 292 442.
The NSW Parliament has passed new public interest disclosures (PID) legislation which makes a number of changes to the PID framework which will require Council to implement a number of changes to its policy, training and awareness activities. To assist agencies in the transition to the PID Act 2022, the NSW Ombudsman prepared a new model public interest disclosure policy (which Council’s revised draft policy is based on).
Council’s new draft policy captures the model policy and also provides for a more detailed explanation around the core components such as corrupt conduct, maladministration, the serious and substantial waste of public money, contravention of the GIPA Act or Local Government Pecuniary Interest contravention by the Council as provided for in the NSW Ombudsman’s Guidelines.