Public officials can report serious wrongdoing in the Commonwealth public sector. Reports can be made to authorised internal officers or the Commonwealth Ombudsman under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID Act).

Who can make a disclosure

Any current or former public official can make a disclosure. This includes:

  • public servants (ongoing, non-ongoing and casual)
  • parliamentary service employees
  • service providers under a Commonwealth contract
  • statutory office holders
  • staff of Commonwealth companies
  • temporary employees engaged through a recruitment agency.

What can be reported

Types of conduct which can be reported include:

  • illegal actions
  • corruption
  • perverting the course of justice
  • maladministration
  • abuse of public trust
  • falsifying scientific research
  • wasting public money
  • endangering health, safety or the environment.

How to make a disclosure

Past and current public officials can make public interest disclosures relating to Austrade by:

Phone: 13 28 78


Post: Public Interest Disclosure Officer, The Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Austrade, GPO Box 2386, Canberra ACT 2601.

Our response

You will be advised within 14 days that your request has been received.

An Authorised Officer will assess whether or not to investigate the PID.

Investigations will normally be completed within 90 days of receipt of the PID.

If you did not submit the PID anonymously, you will receive a copy of the report excluding any necessary deletions.

Public Interest Disclosure Policy

We can provide public officials with a copy of our Public Interest Disclosure Policy on request.

More information

Commonwealth Ombudsman Public Interest Disclosure