Public interest disclosure is when a person reports public employees or organisations for improper or suspected improper conduct. Individuals, not businesses, can make public interest disclosures.
The Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 defines improper conduct. It includes, but isn’t limited to:
- major risks to environmental or public health
- corrupt conduct
Our policy (PDF) supports public interest disclosures. You can report known or suspected improper conduct that involves our:
We take all reasonable steps to protect from harm people who make disclosures about EPA. We also give a fair hearing to anyone subject to a disclosure.
How to make a disclosure
To make a disclosure about EPA, our employees or our officers, you must call or write to:
The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC)
Level 1, North Tower
459 Collins Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000
GPO Box 24234, Melbourne Victoria 3001
Telephone: 1300 735 135
IBAC uses its complaint policy to deal with disclosures. You don’t have to reveal your name to IBAC.
Complaints about EPA that don’t involve improper conduct
Find out how to:
- complain about an EPA authorised officer
- have your pollution abatement or clean up notice decision reviewed. These are notices EPA issues to a business to clean up pollution or take other actions
- complain about our customer service.
Contact us with questions about how to make a complaint.
Reviewed 9 September 2021