Alan Wilson KC appointed to review Public Interest Disclosure Act

Eminent retired Supreme Court judge Alan Wilson KC has been appointed to head-up a review into Queensland’s Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010.

Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman this afternoon announced Mr Wilson had been appointed to conduct the review.

The review was recommended in June by Professor Peter Coaldrake AO in his 131-page report, ‘Let the Sunshine In: Review of culture and accountability in the Queensland public sector’.

The 12-year-old laws facilitate the disclosure of information about wrongdoing in the public sector when it is in the public interest to do so, as well as providing protections for those who make disclosures.

Ms Fentiman said in a statement: “Making a protected public interest disclosure, or ‘whistleblowing’, plays an important role in modern democratic government. It contributes to open, transparent and accountable government and public administration.”

Ms Fentiman said Mr Wilson, who retired from the Supreme Court bench in 2015, possessed impeccable credentials for the role.


“Mr Wilson was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court and the inaugural President of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal in 2009,” she said.

“Prior to his judicial career, Mr Wilson worked extensively as a barrister and took silk in 1999. He was a District Court judge from 2001 to 2009, a Planning and Environment Court judge from 2001 to 2009, and a Childrens Court judge from 2003 to 2009.”

Ms Fentiman said it was expected the review would be completed by 30 April 2023.

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