Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Act 2022

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Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Act 2022

Public Act
 
2022 No 20
Date of assent
 
13 May 2022
Commencement
 
see section 2

Contents

1Title
2Commencement
3Purpose
4Interpretation
5Transitional, savings, and related provisions
6Act binds the Crown
7Overview
8Meaning of discloser
9Meaning of protected disclosure
10Meaning of serious wrongdoing
11Discloser’s entitlement to protection
12Supporting information
13Guidance: what receiver should do
14Discloser’s entitlement to disclose further
15Receiver may decide no action is required
16Receiver may refer disclosure
17Confidentiality
18Protecting confidentiality under Privacy Act 2020
19Protecting confidentiality by withholding official information
20Obligation not to retaliate or treat less favourably
21No retaliation by employer
22No victimisation
23Immunity from civil, criminal, and disciplinary proceedings
24No contracting out
25Meaning of appropriate authority
26Schedule 2 may be amended by Order in Council
27Special rules for intelligence and security information
28Special rules for international relations information
29Public sector organisations must have internal procedures
30Role of Ombudsmen in providing information and guidance
31Information about internal procedures
32Ombudsmen may escalate protected disclosure to Minister or investigate disclosure
33Ombudsmen may take over some investigations or investigate together with public sector organisation
34Ombudsmen may review and guide investigations by public sector organisations
35Ombudsmen may receive reports on investigations and include information in annual report
36Chief Ombudsman may appoint persons to perform Ombudsman’s functions under this Act
37Ombudsmen’s functions and powers
38Other protections not limited
39Legal professional privilege
40Consequential amendments
41Repeal of Protected Disclosures Act 2000
Legislative history
Administrative information

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: