Why are we consulting the public?
Sometimes, people find out their manager or co-worker is engaging in activities that are illegal, corrupt or pose a serious threat to public safety. The Government is committed to protecting New Zealanders who ‘speak up’ in these circumstances.
We have a law in New Zealand - the Protected Disclosures Act 2000 - to protect people from losing their jobs or getting mistreated for speaking up in the public interest.
However, after 18 years of operation, we now have a better understanding of what works and what doesn’t. People have told us that they don’t always know when to use the Act and can find it difficult to navigate.
You can read through the proposals here.
We have identified five options for change and would like to encourage all New Zealanders to share their views on the benefits and risks of different proposals.
These options were informed by our earlier engagement with stakeholders in February and March 2018 to learn more about the challenges people encounter under the current regime and the pros and cons of different international approaches. This included a range of organisations from the public and private sector and people with experience of using the Act.
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If you have any questions please email us at [email protected]
Making a submission
Your feedback will help shape reforms to the Protected Disclosures Act.
Your submission may respond to any or all of the questions posed in this document. We also encourage your input on any other relevant areas.
Where possible, we would also appreciate any evidence you are able to share to support your views - for example references to independent research, case studies or facts and figures.
Consultation closes at 5pm on Sunday 16 December 2018.
You are unable to save your answers as you go, so you may prefer to open the proposals in a new window on your browser so you can refer to them.
If you do not have enough time to answer all the questions at one time, please answer what you can, hit the submit button, and when you return, only answer those questions you have not responded to previously.
You can email your submission to [email protected]
You can send your submission to:
Protected Disclosure Act Reform Consultation
State Services Commission
P O Box 329
How will we use your feedback?
We will use your feedback and other evidence to advise the Minister of State Services on final options for change. The consultation period ends on 16 December 2018.
The State Services Minister may then seek Cabinet’s agreement to his preferred options. If Cabinet agrees, a Bill will be drafted.
If this happens, then the Bill would be expected to be introduced to Parliament in 2019. You will then have an opportunity to comment on the draft legislation when it is considered by a Select Committee.
The Government is working towards having the Bill passed by late 2020.
Other ways to get involved
Making a written submission is one way you can suggest improvements to the Protected Disclosures Act. You can also join the conversation with us on the SSCNZ Facebook page.
If you have any questions about the consultation process or the proposals, please email us at [email protected].
Official Information Act 1982
We intend to publish all written submissions on the SSC website.
Please note also that all submissions are subject to the Official Information Act 1982, and that your submission may therefore be the subject of a request.
If you do not want your submission to be made public, please state this clearly, together with your reasons, and whether your objection relates to your whole submission or to a part or parts of it. Any personal information you supply in the course of making your submission will be used by us only in relation to the matters covered in this discussion paper. Please clearly indicate in your submission if you do not want your name to be included in any summary of submissions that we publish.