Local jobs first
Nil reports. The Commission did not commence or complete any Local Jobs First projects in 2021-22.
The Local Jobs First Act 2003 introduced in August 2018 brings together the Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP) and Major Project Skills Guarantee (MPSG) policy which were previously administered separately.
Departments and public sector bodies are required to apply the Local Jobs First policy in all projects valued at $3 million or more in Metropolitan Melbourne or for state-wide projects, or $1 million or more for projects in regional Victoria.
MPSG applies to all construction projects valued at $20 million or more.
The MPSG guidelines and VIPP guidelines will continue to apply to MPSG-applicable and VIPP applicable projects respectively where contracts have been entered prior to 15 August 2018.
Government advertising expenditure
Nil reports. The Commission did not have any advertising campaigns with a total media spend of $100,000 or greater (exclusive of GST) in 2021-22.
Details of consultancies valued at $10,000 or greater
In 2021-22, there were four consultancies where the total fees payable to consultants were $10,000 or greater. The total expenditure incurred during 2021-22 in relation to these consultancies is $187,579 (excluding GST). Details of individual consultancies are outlined in the table below.
|Consultant||Purpose||Start date||End date||Total approved project fee (excl. GST)||Expenditure 2021-22 (excl. GST)||Future expenditure (excl. GST)|
|Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)||Research Project – Workforce Mobility and Development||02/09/21||28/01/22||$74,900||$74,900||$0|
|PricewaterhouseCoopers Indigenous Consulting Pty Ltd||Evaluation of Barring Djinang programs and initiatives||01/09/21||30/11/21||$95,004||$95,004||$0|
|Greg Wilson Advisory Pty Ltd||Reviewer for the VPSC’s Capability review of V/Line||01/02/21||15/10/21||$28,000||$14,000||$0|
|Greg Wilson Advisory Pty Ltd||Adviser for Ports Victoria advice||25/11/21||11/03/22||$14,000||$3,675||$0|
Details of consultancies under $10,000
In 2021-22, there were no consultancies engaged during the year, where the total fees payable to the individual consultancies was less than $10,000. The total expenditure incurred during 2021-22 in relation to these consultancies was $0 (excluding GST).
Information and communication technology expenditure
For the 2021-22 reporting period, the Commission had a total Information and Communication Technology (ICT) expenditure of $4,018,750, with the details shown below.
|All operational ICT expenditure||ICT expenditure related to projects to create or enhance ICT capabilities|
|Business as Usual (BAU) ICT expenditure (Total)||Non-Business as Usual (non BAU) (Total = operational expenditure and capital expenditure||Operational expenditure||Capital expenditure|
ICT expenditure refers to the Commission’s costs in providing business enabling ICT services within the current reporting period. It comprises Business as Usual (BAU) ICT expenditure and Non-Business as Usual (Non-BAU) ICT expenditure.
Non-BAU ICT expenditure related to extending or enhancing the Commission’s current ICT capabilities. BAU ICT expenditure is all remaining ICT expenditure that primarily relates to ongoing activities to operate and maintain the current ICT capability.
Disclosure of major contracts
During the 2021-22 financial year, the Commission entered into one contract the value of which was for greater than $10 million. This contract was executed with Department of Treasury & Finance (Shared Service Provider (SSP)) for $14.109 million.
Freedom of information
The Commission is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982. The Act allows the public a right of access to documents held by the Commission. The purpose of the Act is to extend as far as possible the right of the community to access information held by government departments, local councils, ministers and other bodies subject to the Act. The Act allows a department to refuse access, either fully or partially, to certain documents or information.
Examples of documents that may not be accessed include:
- cabinet documents
- some internal working documents
- law enforcement documents
- documents covered by legal professional privilege, such as legal advice
- personal information about other people.
From 1 September 2017, the Act has been amended to reduce the Freedom of Information (FOI) processing time for requests received from 45 to 30 days. In some cases, this time may be extended. If an applicant is not satisfied by a decision made by the Commission, under section 49A of the Act, they have the right to seek a review by the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) within 28 days of receiving a decision letter.
Making a request
FOI requests can be lodged online at online.foi.vic.gov.au. An application fee of $30.10 applies. Access charges may also be payable if the document pool is large and the search for material time consuming. Access to documents can also be obtained through a written request to the VPSC, as detailed in s17 of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
When making an FOI request, applicants should ensure requests are in writing and clearly identify what types of material and documents are being sought.
Requests for documents in the possession of the Commission should be addressed to:
Freedom of Information
Victorian Public Sector Commission
3 Treasury Place
East Melbourne VIC 3002
During 2021–22, the Commission received one FOI request. The Commission made one FOI decision during the 12 months ended 30 June 2022. The average time taken to finalise requests in 2021-22 was 32 days. During 2021–22, one request was subject to a complaint/internal review by the OVIC.
Further information regarding the operation and scope of FOI can be obtained from the Act, regulations made under the Act and online.foi.vic.gov.au.
Compliance with the Building Act 1993
The Commission does not own or control any government buildings and consequently is exempt from notifying its compliance with the building and maintenance provisions of the Building Act 1993 (for publicly owned buildings controlled by the Commission).
Competitive neutrality policy
Competitive neutrality requires government businesses to ensure where services compete, or potentially compete with the private sector, any advantage arising solely from their government ownership be removed if it is not in the public interest.
Government businesses are required to cost and price these services as if they were privately owned. Competitive neutrality policy supports fair competition between public and private businesses and provides government businesses with a tool to enhance decisions on resource allocation.
This policy does not override other policy objectives of government and focuses on efficiency in the provision of service. As a portfolio agency, the Commission’s information on compliance is included in the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Annual Report.
Compliance with the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012
The Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 encourages and assists people in making disclosures of improper conduct by public officers and public bodies. The Act provides protection to prepare people who make disclosures in accordance with the Act and establishes a system for the matters to be disclosed, investigated and rectifying action to be taken.
The Commission does not tolerate improper conduct of employees, nor the taking of reprisals against those who come forward to disclose such conduct. It is committed to ensuring transparency and accountability in its administrative and management practices and supports the making of disclosures that reveal corrupt conduct, conduct involving substantial mismanagement of public resources, or conduct involving a substantial risk to public health and safety or the environment.
The Commission will take all reasonable steps to protect people who make such disclosures from any detrimental action in reprisal for making the disclosure to the extent it is legally possible.
Disclosures of improper conduct or detrimental action by the department or any of its employees and/or officers may be made to the Commission’s Public Interest Disclosures Coordinator or alternatively, disclosures may be made directly to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC):
Level 1, North Tower
459 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 1300 735 135
The Public Interest Disclosures Policy and Procedures, which outline the procedure for reporting disclosures of improper conduct or detrimental action by the Commission or any of its employees and officers, are available at vpsc.vic.gov.au.
Disclosures under the Protected Disclosure Act 2012
The table below indicates the number of disclosures made by an individual to the Commission and notified to IBAC.
Compliance with the Carers Recognition Act 2012
The Commission has taken all practical measures to comply with its obligations under the Act. This includes considering the carer relationship principles set out in the Act when setting policies and providing services (for example, reviewing our employment policies such as flexible working arrangements and leave provisions to ensure these comply with the statement of principles in the Act.
Compliance with the Disability Act 2006
The Disability Act 2006 reaffirms and strengthens the rights of people with a disability and recognises that this requires support across the government sector and within the community.
The Commission has complied with its obligations under the Disability Act to prepare a Disability Action Plan for the purpose of:
- reducing barriers to access goods, services and facilities
- reducing barriers to a person with a disability obtaining and maintaining employment
- promoting inclusion and participation in community
- achieving tangible changes in attitudes and practices that discriminate against people with a disability.
Reducing barriers to accessing goods, services and facilities
- We designed and published content that meets AA accessibility standards.
- We built accessibility into our office document templates.
- We have engaged our landlord to provide a more accessible and inclusive work environment.
Reducing barriers to persons with a disability obtaining and maintaining employment
- We revised position descriptions to support flexible work.
- We added accessibility and mental health support as standing agenda items in management meetings.
- We piloted Mental Health Literacy training for the organisation.
Promoting inclusion and participation in the community
- We continued our membership with the Australian Network on Disability.
- We collaborated with the Enablers Network to deliver events for International Day of People with Disability.
- We launched our first Gender Equality Action Plan 2021-2025.
Achieving tangible changes in attitudes and practices that discriminate against people with a disability
- We continued to implement the VPS mental health and wellbeing charter in our organisation.
- We added disability awareness information to our orientation program.
Office-based environmental impacts
The environmental report has been prepared in accordance with the Financial Reporting Directions (FRD) issued by the Minister for Finance. Office-based environmental impact data is based on information provided by JLL.
Energy, paper and water
|Total electricity usage (gigajoules)||379||381|
|Total green electricity (gigajoules)||0||0|
|Total gas usage (gigajoules)||135||151|
|Percentage of electricity purchased as green power (%)||0||0|
|Units of energy used per full time employee (megajoules per FTE)1||4,325||4,960|
|Units of energy used per unit office area (megajoules per m2)||252.04||260.91|
|Total units of paper used (A4 reams equivalent)||14||12|
|Reams of paper used per FTE||0.12||0.11|
|Percentage of recycled content paper purchased (%)||100||100|
|Total units of metered water consumed (kilolitres)||101||150|
|Units of metered water consumed per FTE (kilolitres/FTE)||0.85||1.4|
|Units of measured water consumed in offices per unit of office area (kilolitres/m2)||0.05||0.07|
|Units office waste disposed by destination (kg per year)||Units office waste disposed by destination (kg per year)|
|Landfill||Co-mingled recycling||Organics||Landfill||Co-mingled recycling||Organic|
|Recycling rate (% of total waste by rate)||Organics rate (1% of total waste by rate)||Greenhouse gas emissions associated with waste disposal (tonnes CO2-e)|
|Total energy consumed by vehicles (MJ)||Total distance travelled by fleet vehicles (km)||Total greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle fleet (tonnes of CO2 equivalent)||Greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle fleet 1000km travelled (tonnes of CO2 equivalent)||Total distance travelled by air (km)||Percentage of employees using sustainable transport to get to and from work by locality|
Greenhouse gas emissions
|Total greenhouse gas emissions from energy use (tonnes Co2 equivalent)||112.8||100.4|
|Total greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle fleet (tonnes CO2-e)||0.20||0.0|
|Total greenhouse gas emissions from air travel (tonnes CO2-e)||1.07||0.87|
|Total greenhouse gas emissions from waste2 (tonnes CO2-e)||N/A||N/A|
|Total greenhouse gas emissions offsets purchased (tonnes CO2-e)||0||0|
- Based on 118.85 FTE as at 30 June 2022.
- Waste, greenhouse gas emissions associated with waste disposal and greenhouse gas emissions from waste could not be reported for 2021-22.
- The Commission conducted an internal survey to ascertain the proportion of employees using each transport mode.
Additional information available on request
In compliance with the requirements of the Standing Directions 2018 under the Financial Management Act 1994, details in respect to the terms listed below have now been retained by the Commission and are available on request, subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
- A statement that declarations of pecuniary interest have been duly completed by all relevant officers.
- Details of shares held by a senior officer as nominee or held beneficially in a statutory authority or subsidiary.
- Details of publications produced by the entity, about the entity, and the places where publications can be obtained.
- Details of changes in prices, fees, charges, rates and levies charged by the entity.
- Details of any major external reviews carried out by the entity.
- Details of any major research and development activities undertaken by the entity.
- Details of overseas visits undertaken including a summary of the objectives and outcomes of each visit.
- Details of major promotional, public relations and marketing activities undertaken by the entity to develop community awareness of the entity and the services it provides.
- Details of assessments and measures undertaken to improve the occupational health and safety of employees.
- A general statement on industrial relations within the entity and details of time lost through industrial action and disputes.
- A list of major committees sponsored by the entity, the purposes of each committee, and the extent to which the purposes have been achieved.
Attestation for financial management compliance with Standing Directions 5.1.4
Victorian Public Sector Commission Financial Management Compliance Attestation Statement
The Victorian Public Sector Commission has not identified any Material Compliance Deficiencies for the financial year ended 30 June 2022.
I, Greg Wilson, certify that the Victorian Public Sector Commission has complied with respect to the Standing Directions under the Financial Management Act 1994 and Instructions.
Greg Wilson 1
Victorian Public Sector Commission
23 December 2022
Compliance with DataVic access policy
Consistent with the DataVic Access Policy issued by the Victorian Government in 2012, the Commission made 10 data sets available on the DataVic website in 2021‑22. Information included in this Annual Report will also be available at data.vic.gov.au in electronic readable format.
Greg Wilson resigned as Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee on 18 October 2022. The meeting to approve the Commission’s financial report was chaired by Acting Chair, Shaun Condron on 16 November 2022.
This annual report of the Victorian Public Sector Commission is prepared in accordance with all relevant Victorian legislations and pronouncements. This index has been prepared to facilitate identification of compliance with statutory disclosure and other requirements.
|Charter and purpose|
|FRD 22||Manner and establishment of relevant Minister||About us|
|FRD 22||Objectives, functions, powers and duties||About us|
|FRD 22||Key initiatives and projects||Priority 1: Promoting workforce reform|
|FRD 22||Nature and range of services provided||Performance|
|Management and structure|
|FRD 22||Organisational structure||Organisational structure|
|Financial and other information|
|FRD 22||Audit committee||Governance|
|FRD 22||Occupational health and safety||Workforce data|
|FRD 8||Performance against output performance measures||Performance|
|FRD 10||Disclosure index||Other disclosures|
|FRD 12||Disclosure of major contracts||Other disclosures|
|FRD 15||Executive disclosures||Other disclosures|
|FRD 22||Employment and conduct principles||Workforce data|
|FRD 22||Summary of financial results for the year||Performance|
|FRD 22||Significant changes in financial position for the year||Performance|
|FRD 22||Major changes or factors affecting performance||Performance|
|FRD 22||Subsequent events||Performance|
|FRD 22||Application and operation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982||Other disclosures|
|FRD 22||Compliance with building and maintenance provisions of Building Act 1993||Other disclosures|
|FRD 22||Application and operation of the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012||Other disclosures|
|FRD 22||Application and operation of the Carer’s Recognition Act 2012||Other disclosures|
|FRD 22||Details of consultancies over $10,000||Other disclosures|
|FRD 22||Details of consultancies under $10,000||Other disclosures|
|FRD 22||Disclosure of government advertising expenditure||Other disclosures|
|FRD 22||Disclosure of ICT expenditure||Other disclosures|
|FRD 22||Statement of availability and other information||Other disclosures|
|FRD 24||Reporting of office based environmental impacts||Other disclosures|
|FRD 25||Local Jobs First||Other disclosures|
|FRD 29||Workforce data disclosures||Workforce data|
|SD 5.2||Specific requirements under Standing Direction 5.2|
|Compliance attestation and declaration|
|SD 5.4.1||Attestation for compliance with Ministerial Standing Direction||Other disclosures|
|SD 5.2.3||Declaration in report of operations||Message from the Commissioner|
|SD 5.2.2||Declaration in financial statements||Other disclosures|
|Other requirements under Standing Directions 5.2|
|SD 5.2.1(a)||Compliance with Australian accounting standards and other authoritative pronouncements||Statement of changes in equity|
|SD 5.2.1(a)||Compliance with Standing Directions||Financial declaration|
|SD 5.2.1(b)||Compliance with model financial report||Financial declaration|
|Other disclosures as required by FRDs in notes to financial statements|
|FRD 110||Balance sheet||Balance sheet|
|FRD 110||Cash flow statement||Cash flow statement|
|Freedom of Information Act 1982||Other disclosures|
|Building Act 1993||Other disclosures|
|Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012||Other disclosures|
|Carers Recognition Act 2012||Other disclosures|
|Disability Act 2006||Other disclosures|
|Local Jobs First Act 2003||Other disclosures|
|Financial Management Act 1994||Financial declaration|