Moss to head whistleblower law review

Former Integrity Commissioner Philip Moss will lead a statutory review of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 – federal legislation with the aim of facilitating disclosure and investigation of wrongdoing in the commonwealth public sector and to protect whistleblowers.

The review – a requirement under the Act every two years – will be informed by public submissions and will consider the Act’s impact on whistle-blowers, agencies and the breath of disclosable conduct covered by it.

It also will examine the interaction between the Act and other methods for investigating wrongdoing.

“This review is an opportunity to gather information and views on whether the Act is operating as intended and whether it could be improved,” according to a statement on the website of the Department of the Prime Minister and cabinet.

Mr Moss was appointed by the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister, Michaelia Cash. He previously served as Integrity Commissioner and head of the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity between 2007 and 2014. As Integrity Commissioner, Mr Moss monitored the investigation of corruption in federal law enforcement agencies.

Written submissions to the review of the Act will be accepted until March 2.

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