Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill

Part 4 Appropriate authorities, special rules for certain organisations, the Ombudsmen’s role, etc

Subpart 1—Appropriate authorities

23 Meaning of appropriate authority

(1)

In this Act, appropriate authority, without limiting the meaning of that term,—

(a)

includes the head of any public sector organisation; and

(b)

includes any officer of Parliament; and

(c)

includes (as examples) the persons or bodies listed in the second column of Schedule 2; and

(d)

includes the membership body of a particular profession, trade, or calling with the power to discipline its members; but

(e)

does not include—

(i)

a Minister; or

(ii)

a member of Parliament.

(2)

However,

(a)

the appropriate authority for intelligence and security information is the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security only; and

(b)

the appropriate authority for international relations information is an Ombudsman only.

(2)

However,

(a)

the appropriate authority for a protected disclosure that is or includes international relations information is an Ombudsman only:

(b)

the appropriate authority for a protected disclosure that is or includes intelligence and security information is the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security only

(i)

see section 25(2A) for a disclosure relating to serious wrongdoing in or by the office of the Inspector-General:

(ii)

see section 15(7) for the Inspector-General’s ability to refer:

(iii)

see sections 13 and 25 for the discloser’s entitlement to disclose further.

Compare: 2000 No 7 ss 3(1), 12(2)(b), 13(2)(a)