Section 3 – Interpretation

What workplaces are captured by the legislation.  The term ‘organisation’ is referred to in much of the legislation.

Section 3 of the Protected Disclosures Act 2000 – which is the Interpretation part of the Act states:

Organisation means a body of persons, whether corporate or unincorporated, and whether in the public sector or in the private sector: and includes a body of persons comprising 1 employer and 1 or more employees.

The public sector organisation is defined as:

  • An organisation named or specified in schedule 1 of the Ombudsmen Act 1975
  • An organisation named in schedule 1 of the Official Information Act 1982
  • A local authority or public body named or specified in schedule 1 of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987
  • The office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives
  • The Parliamentary Service
  • An intelligence and Security Agency
  • A council-controlled organisation within the meaning of section 6 of the Local Government Act 2002


In accordance with legal statutes, the Interpretation Section sets out the legal meaning of all aspects to which this particular law applies.  It defines in detail what the law is intended to mean when dealing with the wording of a particular statute.