Review of the Protected Disclosures Act 2000

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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