Directors of public entities have a duty to put the entities’ interests above any other interests or duties when carrying out their official role.

Guidance material for directors and boards

The VPSC has developed the Conflicts of interest and duty: A practical guide for directors of public entities, which will assist directors to identify and appropriately manage conflict of interest and duty, including by:

  • Explaining the nature of conflict of interest and duty using short case studies to illustrate key points
  • Providing guidance on organisation functions and relationships that are most likely to present a conflict of interest or duty risk
  • Explaining directors’ core obligations and the sources of those obligations, including the Public Administration Act 2004 and the Code of conduct for directors of Victorian public entities
  • Suggesting processes and procedures to assist directors to comply with their obligations

Guidance material for organisations

The Conflict of interest guidance for organisations page provides a model policy, declarations forms and other guidance to assist your organisation and employees to implement appropriate policies and processes to manage conflict of interest risk.

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Conflicts of interest and duty: A practical guide for directors of public entities

This guide will assist directors of Victorian public entities to manage their conflict of interest obligations.

While the primary audience is public entity directors, it is also suitable for agencies that perform similar functions and comply with the same governance standards as public entities.

Last updated August 2016

Download PDF 0.14MB 20 pages

Model conflict of interest policy for boards of Victorian public entities

This model policy is designed to assist public sector entities to adopt processes and practices for dealing with conflicts of interest and duty. It can be used as a minimum standard and tailored by the entity to reflect its individual characteristics and functions.

Download DOCX 1.66MB 15 pages

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