The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 (the Act) enables people, employees and members of the public, to make disclosures about wrongdoing within the State public sector, Local Government and public universities without fear of reprisal. The Act aims to ensure openness and accountability in government by encouraging people to make disclosures, and protecting them when they do.

The Act allows you to disclose public interest information and provides you with protection for doing so. Making a public interest disclosure (a disclosure) enables public authorities to investigate and deal straight away with matters that may otherwise have gone unnoticed or unreported.

Making a disclosure or 'whistleblowing' is a serious matter and in many cases it will take courage and trust for people holding information to come forward.

For more information about Public Interest Disclosure visit the Public Sector Commission, or contact the PID Advice and Referral Line on 1800 355 835 or contact the City’s PID Officer.

Gift and Travel Disclosures

In accordance with the Local Government Act 1995 as of March 2016 Local Government Elected Member's and Staff with Delegated Authority are required to declare gifts and contributions to travel received that are valued over $200. This includes multiple gifts or contributions to travel from the same donor where the combined value to the individual is over $200 within a 6 month period.

The Chief Executive Officer is required to maintain these declarations by way of a register which is publicly available for inspection. The City of Mandurah Register of Gifts and Contributions to Travel is available here as well as available for public inspection at the City's Administration Centre, 3 Peel Street, Mandurah. Inquiries should be directed to Governance Services on (08) 9550 3278 or via email to legal@mandurah.wa.gov.au.

Disclosure of Electoral Gifts

Part 5A of the Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997 requires both candidates and donors to disclose information about any electoral related gift with a value of $200 or more that that was given or promised during the disclosure period.

The Chief Executive Officer is required to establish and maintain a public electoral gift register. Disclosures will be removed three days after election Day for unsuccessful candidates and at the completion of the term of office for successful candidates.

Please note: The Electoral Gift Register is maintained in accordance with the Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997, and in particular draw your attention to Regulation 30I:

30I. Offence to publish information in certain cases

(1) A person must not publish —

(a) any information derived from an electoral gift register unless that information constitutes a fair or accurate report or summary of information contained in the register and is published in good faith; or

(b) any comment on the facts set forth in an electoral gift register unless that comment is fair and published in good faith.

  Penalty: $5 000.

(2) In subregulation (1) —

publish has the same meaning in relation to any information or comment referred to in that subregulation as it has in sections 348 and 349 of The Criminal Code 2 in relation to the publication of defamatory matter.

Electoral Gift Registers are available here and as well as available for public inspection at the City's Administration Centre.

Following each local government ordinary election, unsuccessful candidate gift disclosures are removed and successful candidate disclosures will remain on the register for the term of their office.

Enquiries should be directed to Governance Services on (08) 9550 3735 or via email elections@mandurah.wa.gov.au.