This guide uses 3 scenarios to explain how to manage conflicts of interest when people with in-demand skills and experience move between the private sector and VPS.
This guide applies to you if you’re:
- a VPS employee, including a manager or executive
- a consultant, contractor or (except where we state otherwise) a labour-hire employee who must comply with the code of conduct.
The guide’s purpose is to assist you if you’re involved in:
- procurement, such as being on a procurement panel or approving procurement costs
- declaring procurement-related conflicts of interest
- assessing declarations
- developing and overseeing conflict of interest management plans.
The guide doesn’t alter any policy, process or code. You must comply with the relevant Victorian Government Purchasing Board policies and public construction ministerial directions.
Managing conflicts of interest
As a VPS employee, you must be — and be seen to be — impartial in performing your public duties. This helps to maintain public trust and prevent corruption.
If you have a conflict of interest you must:
- declare the conflict in writing
- follow the management plan your manager develops in consultation with you to manage the conflict.
Always declare a conflict of interest, regardless of whether the conflict is real, potential or perceived.
Your manager will develop a plan to address your conflict of interest based on the risk mitigation strategies in your organisation’s conflict of interest policy. The approach taken in the plan will be proportionate to the risk.
These strategies are likely to be similar to those in our conflict of interest model policy (DOC, 50KB), which are:
If you need more information after reading this guide, see:
- conflict of interest information for organisations
- goods and services procurement policies
- public construction ministerial directions
- buyer’s guide for procurement
- plan for probity
- supplier code of conduct
- VAGO report on managing conflicts of interest in procurement
- managing corruption risks associated with conflicts of interest in the Victorian public sector.