The Victorian Public Sector Commission has issued guidelines for Victorian public sector employees on giving and receiving gifts, benefits and hospitality.

The policy framework includes, in particular, minimum accountabilities for the management of gifts, benefits and hospitality. These minimum accountabilities are binding under Instruction 3.4.11 of the Instructions supporting the Standing Directions of the Minister for Finance 2016.

For the first time, each public sector organisation will publish its gift, benefit and hospitality policy and register on its website. Each register will cover the period from the time the public sector organisation reviewed its policies against VPSC’s policy framework and the end of the current financial year. In future years, each register will cover the current and previous financial year.

Guidance material

VPSC has developed a range of tools and resources to assist public officials and public sector organisations to meet the minimum accountabilities.

For public sector organisations, this includes:

  • a model gifts, benefits and hospitality policy, incorporating the minimum accountabilities; and
  • model gifts, benefits and hospitality declaration form and register.

For public sector employees, this includes the GIFT and HOST tests.

The gifts, benefits and hospitality resource suite consists of:

This resource suite contains:

Available formats

Gifts, benefit and hospitality policy framework

This sets the minimum accountabilities for the management of gifts, benefits and hospitality. It also provides guidance for Victorian public sector organisations and public officials (including employees).

If you have difficulties downloading these documents, or require an accessible version, please contact VPSC.

Download PDF 0.22MB 23 pages

Gifts, benefits and hospitality minimum accountabilities

This provides the minimum accountabilities, as set out in the Gifts, benefits and hospitality policy framework.

Download PDF 0.05MB 4 pages

Model gifts, benefits and hospitality policy

Public sector organisations can use this model gifts, benefits and hospitality policy, adding elements as necessary to address specific risks. The model policy incorporates the minimum accountabilities.

Download DOCX 0.05MB 12 pages

Model gifts, benefits and hospitality declaration form

Public sector organisations can use this declaration form for declaring gifts, benefits and hospitality.

Download DOCX 0.03MB 2 pages

Model gifts, benefits and hospitality register

This provides a sample register. Public sector organisations can use this spreadsheet as their gifts, benefits and hospitality register.

Download XLSX 0.01MB

GIFT and HOST tests

This 1 page version of both tests is a quick reminder of what to think about when deciding whether to accept or decline a gift, benefit or hospitality or whether to provide hospitality or gifts to staff or stakeholders.

Download PDF 0.03MB 1 page

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