Section 11 – Public sector organisations to establish internal procedures

(1) Every public sector organisation must have in operation appropriate internal procedures for receiving and dealing with information about serious wrongdoing in or by that organisation.
(2) The internal procedures must—
(a) comply with the principles of natural justice; and
(b) identify the persons in the organisation to whom a disclosure may be made; and
(c) include reference to the effect of sections 8 to 10.
(3) Information about the existence of the internal procedures, and adequate information on how to use the procedures, must be published widely in the organisation and must be republished at regular intervals.

Commentary

In addition to the provision in this Act ( s. 4) which binds the Crown, this section makes it mandatory for every public sector organisation to have in place and operational, internal procedures for receiving and dealing with disclosures of information about serious wrongdoing within or by that organisation.

The section sets out details of what the internal procedures must comply with such as complying with the principles and rules of natural justice.  Setting out clearly the identity of persons within the organisation to whom a disclosure may be made.  There must also be reference in the internal procedures documents, to sections 8 – 10 of the Act.

It also places on the organisation an obligation to ensure there is widely available and published regularly, all information about the relevant internal procedures and how they operate.