Section 16 – Reference from one appropriate authority to another of information Disclosed

(1) Where an appropriate authority to whom a protected disclosure of information is made considers, after consultation with another appropriate authority, that the information disclosed can be more suitably and conveniently investigated by that other appropriate authority, the appropriate authority to whom the information is disclosed may refer that information to that other appropriate authority.
(2) Where, under subsection (1), information is referred from one appropriate authority to another, the appropriate authority to whom the information has been referred must promptly notify the person by whom the protected disclosure of information was made that the information disclosed has been so referred.
(3) A protected disclosure of information does not, by reason of the information being referred under subsection (1), cease to be a protected disclosure of information.
(4) Nothing in this section prevents a protected disclosure of information being transferred from one appropriate authority to another on more than 1 occasion.

Commentary

This section gives power for one appropriate authority, after consulting with another appropriate authority, to, if satisfied that the other authority can carry out an investigation more suitably and conveniently, refer the information to that second authority.  The person who made the protected disclosure, which is being passed on, must be notified of such action and also remains as a protected disclosure.   This transference can be carried out on more than one occasion.