There is a large body of legislation that applies to Victorian public entities.

There is a large body of legislation that applies to Victorian public entities.

Public entities are most directly affected by their establishing legislations and by other legislation including the Public Administration Act 2004, the Financial Management Act 1994 and the Audit Act 1994. This legislation concentrates on improving standards of public administration, regulating stewardship of assets and providing for accountability by public entities.

Legislation that applies to public entities can be grouped in the following ways.

Legislation aiming to improve administration, such as:

  • Public Administration Act 2004
  • Public Records Act 1973
  • Information Privacy Act 2000

Legislation emphasising stewardship, including:

  • Financial Management Act 1994
  • Audit Act 1994

Legislation with public entity accountability and transparency as a focus, such as:

  • Freedom of Information Act 1982
  • Protected Disclosures Act 2012
  • Ombudsman Act 1973

Other Acts that have general applicability (but are not discussed in this section) include:

  • Equal Opportunity Act 1995
  • Environment Protection Act 1979
  • Fair Trading Act 1985
  • State Superannuation Act 1988
  • State and Commonwealth taxation legislation
  • WorkCover and Occupational Health legislation 
  • Victorian Managed Insurance Authority Act 1996
  • Corporations Act 2001 (Cwlth)
  • Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cwlth)

Summary information is provided on legislation that has widespread applicability to Victorian public entities. In each instance, guidance is provided on the steps that the board and management of the public entity can take to ensure compliance.

Copies of the legislation can be accessed and downloaded from Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents.