Public Interest Disclosure - meaning of contravention of law, corruption, perverting course of justice, maladministration, & abuse of public trust

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Dear Commonwealth Ombudsman,

Service providers under a Commonwealth contract who suspect wrongdoing within the public sector can raise their concerns under the Public Interest Disclosure Act. The Ombudsman provides examples of conduct that may warrant PID. Can we ask for the meaning of the following terms/words:

1. contravention of law
2. corruption
3. perverting the course of justice
4. maladministration
5. abuse of public trust
6. wastage of public money

Please accept this as a FOI request if you are unable to provide the information via administrative access arrangements. We would prefer the option that best saves public money.

Yours faithfully,

Trav S

Information Access, Commonwealth Ombudsman

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Dear Mr Trav S


I attach correspondence in response to your Freedom of Information request
of 8 August 2021.


Yours sincerely



Gregory Parkhurst

Senior Legal Officer | Legal Team

Commonwealth Ombudsman

Ph: 1300 362 072 | Fax: 02 6276 0123

email: [1][CO request email]




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Dear FOI, thank you for your email. Yours sincerely, Trav S