Making a Public Interest Disclosure to DCS

You can make an appropriate disclosure of public interest information by:

Online: Online Form

Confidential Email: DCSPublicInterestDisclosure@sa.gov.au

Telephone: (08) 8226 9000

Postal address: GPO Box 1747, Adelaide SA 5001 (mark the envelope private and confidential)

You can also contact a Responsible Officer via the channels above to make an appropriate disclosure.

The  steps involved in making an appropriate disclosure are outlined in DCS’s Guideline 029 Public Interest Disclosure.

DCS Responsible Officers

Responsible Officers are appointed by the Chief Executive and are trained to receive information and take appropriate action.

DCS’s Responsible Officers are:

Mr William Kelsey - Director, Office for Correctional Services Review

Ms Meredith Smedley - Director, Workforce Management

Mr Tony Shillabeer - Regional Director, Southern Region

Ms Sandra Russell - General Manager, Port Augusta Prison

You can contact any of the Responsible Officers by emailing DCSPublicInterestDisclosure@sa.gov.au.

How do I get help to make a disclosure?

A DCS Responsible Officer can provide you with advice and assistance.  Alternatively, the Office of Public Integrity (OPI) and the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment (OCPSE) can also help you with making a disclosure.

What happens once I have made a disclosure?

When a disclosure has been made, a DCS Responsible Officer will assess the disclosure to consider whether it is an appropriate disclosure.

If you have provided your contact details, you will be notified of any actions that have or have not been taken and the outcomes of those actions.

The PID Act requires that the OPI be notified of every appropriate disclosure of public interest information, and the action that has been taken in respect of those disclosures.

In addition, DCS will follow the steps outlined within Guideline 029 Public Interest Disclosure.

Reporting obligations under the ICAC Act

Public officers are still obliged to comply with the reporting directions issued under the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012.  The PID Act does not alter those reporting obligations.

Most public officers are obliged to report to the OPI any matter that the public officer reasonably suspects involves corruption or serious or systemic misconduct or maladministration in public administration.

Where a report is made to the OPI about potential corruption, misconduct or maladministration in public administration that report will be treated as an appropriate disclosure of public interest information under the PID Act.