Preparing for the New Zealand Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Act – Update #5

As reported from the Education and Workforce Committee from Parliament, the bill had its second reading in Parliament this day, the 9th November 2021.

There was widespread support amongst the major parties for the Bill and it now goes before the Committee of the Whole House.  Following that, the Bill will go back before Parliament for its third reading.

The date of the third reading is to be advised. The Bill, when passed in its final form, will require the Royal Assent before becoming law as from the commencement date.

Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill

The Bill replaces the Protected Disclosures Act 2000. This Bill clarifies the definition of serious wrongdoing, enables people to report serious wrongdoing directly to an appropriate authority at any time, strengthens protections for disclosers, clarifies the internal procedure requirements for public sector organisations, and the potential forms of adverse conduct disclosers may face.