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Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012

Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012

The Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 (Vic) (the Act) ensures that people who report improper conduct and corruption in the Victorian public sector can do so in the knowledge that they will be protected. Protections include keeping the identity of the person reporting improper conduct confidential and protecting them from reprisals including bullying, harassment or legal action.

What is a Public Interest Disclosure and how do I report it?

A Public Interest Disclosure is a complaint of corrupt or improper conduct by a public officer or body. Complaints about corruption and misconduct can be made directly to IBAC. People can also report corruption and misconduct to the Public Interest Disclosure Coordinator of Public Interest Officers of Council.

Who do I contact?

Disclosures should be made confidentially to a Protected Disclosures Officer or the Protected Disclosure Coordinator. All written correspondence, other than email, should be addressed confidentially to the Protected Disclosure Coordinator or one of the Protected Disclosure Officers detailed below and posted to Knox City Council, 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South 3152.

Public Interest Coordinator:


Ms Samantha Mazer – Director Knox Central
Email: samantha.mazer@knox.vic.gov.au
Direct phone: 9298 8276

Public Interest Officers:


Mr Phil McQue – Manager Governance
Email: phil.mcque@knox.vic.gov.au
Direct phone: 9298 8204

Mr Andrew Dowling – Coordinator Governance
Email: andrew.dowling@knox.vic.gov.au
Direct phone: 9298 8111

Alternative Contacts

Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC)


  • Address IBAC, GPO Box 24234, Melbourne Victoria 3001
  • Phone 1300 735 135 (10am to 4pm Mon-Fri)
  • Email info@ibac.vic.gov.au
  • Website ibac.vic.gov.au
  • Info All disclosures about Councillors should be directed to IBAC

Victorian Ombudsman


  • Address Level 1, North Tower 459 Collins Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000
  • Phone Toll free: 1800 806 314 or 03 9613 6222
  • Email ombudvic@ombudsman.vic.gov.au

For more information

Council has detailed procedures to support the reporting of disclosures of improper conduct and response to detrimental action taken by Council or its employees, Councillors, officers or members.

View the Public Interest Disclosure Procedure.

IBAC Guidelines

For further information and guidance on the new legislation or any other matters, please refer to the Protected Disclosure Act 2012 Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission Guidelines for making and handling protected disclosures at the IBAC website.

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