Protected Disclosures Act 2000 – Introduction

The Act

Section 4 – Act binds the Crown 

This Act binds the Crown

Section 5 – Purpose of Act

The purpose of this Act is to promote the public interest –

  • By facilitating the disclosure and investigation of matters of serious wrongdoing in or by an organisation; and
  • By protecting employees who, in accordance with this Act, make disclosures of information about serious wrongdoing in or by an organisation.


Arising from historical public disclosures made by person/s relating to matters involving serious wrongdoing of a very wide-ranging nature, the New Zealand Parliament in 2000 enacted law to give certain protections to certain persons who deemed, that in the ‘best interests’ of some organisation to blow the whistle’ on such wrongdoing.  Hence the often heard ‘colloquialism’ used to describe this aspect of today’s society namely Whistleblowing.

The Protected Disclosures Act 2000 came into force on the 1 January 2001. The Act was amended in part in 2009 and the Act is currently under review.