A whistleblower is someone who is aware of illegal activities or corruption and who discloses this information to authorities so that it can be investigated in the public interest. The Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993 (SA) protects whistleblowers who disclose mal-administration, waste, corruption or illegal conduct in the public sector, including local government and also protects whistleblowers who disclose corruption or illegal conduct in the private sector.
Provided the conduct is reported to a Government Minister or the appropriate authority (as specified in the Act), the Act gives immunity to the whistleblower. The Act does not protect people who make false claims or who are reckless about whether their claims are false. The person must believe, on reasonable grounds, that the disclosure is true. If the person is not in a position to know whether it is true, the person must reasonably believe it may be true so that its truth may be investigated, see: terms implied by law - the employee's duty.
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