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Changes to the Code of Conduct for Directors of Victorian Public Entities

The code was reviewed in consultation with departmental governance experts, directors and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). This is the third code of conduct the Victorian Public Sector Commission has issued. The other two are the employee and special bodies codes. Each has a similar introduction but this…

Checklist for identifying risks of conflict of interest in client and contractor relationships

The information on this page assists organisations to identify conflict of interest risks arising from client and contractor relationships. Should specific policies exist for some of the issues raised below (e.g. management of confidential information), they may need to be amended to ensure they are consistent with the organisation’s conflict…

Checklist for identifying risks of conflict of interest in restricted communities

Organisations in restricted communities are generally geographically isolated and may not have access to specialist areas of knowledge. As such, the information below assists with identifying conflict of interest risks. When developing a conflict of interest policy for restricted communities, organisations should consider the following issues: recruitment and selection processes…

Checklist for implementing your conflict of interest policy

The following checklist sets out tasks to be completed when implementation your organisation’s conflict of interest policy. It is recommended that any outstanding items be addressed as soon as possible. Communication strategy Develop and implement a communication strategy to ensure that your organisation’s internal and external audiences are aware of the conflict…

Checklist for Public Sector Employers Supporting the Code of Conduct

Promoting the Victorian public sector values Promote the public sector values. Ensure any statement of values adopted by your organisation is consistent with the public sector values. Leading by example As leader, demonstrate the values in your day to day activities and interactions. Ensure managers and supervisors model the values…

Checklist to onboard and induct employees who are working remotely

Check the how to onboard and induct employees who are working remotely guide for full advice All stages I’ve checked my organisation’s onboarding policies and asked HR if it’s okay  to adjust them for my process I know what a protected attribute is and offered reasonable adjustments if they need…

Circular 2018-01 | Gifts, benefits and hospitality

Circular Number 2018-01 Issue date:  28 June 2018 Application: All Victorian public sector bodies Resources: Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Resource suite at https://vpsc.vic.gov.au/resources/gifts-benefits-and-hospitality-resource-suite/ Enquiries:  Integrity and Advisory Victorian Public Sector Commission (03) 9651 1321 info@vpsc.vic.gov.au Key points The VPSC has updated its Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Policy Guide to provide additional guidance…

Circular 2018-02 | Consensual personal relationships in the workplace [Conflict of Interest]

Circular Number 2018-02 Issue date: 27 August 2018 Application: All Victorian public sector bodies Resources: Conflict of interest guidance for organisations at https://vpsc.vic.gov.au/resources/conflict-of-interest-guidance-for-organisations/ Enquiries:  Integrity and Advisory Victorian Public Sector Commission (03) 9651 1321 info@vpsc.vic.gov.au Key points Following consideration by the Victorian Secretaries Board (VSB), the Model Conflict of Interest…

Circular 2018-03 | Model Sexual Harassment Policy and Practice Guide

  Circular Number 2018-03 Superseded by:  Circular 2018-06 | Prevention of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace issued 23 November 2018 Issue date: 25 September 2018 Application: All Victorian public sector bodies Resources Sexual Harassment Model Policy for VPS organisations https://vpsc.vic.gov.au/resources/sexual-harassment-model-policy-vps-organisations/ Enquiries:  Integrity and Advisory Victorian Public Sector Commission (03) 9651…

Circular 2018-04 | Executive vehicle cost to package calculator (revised)

Circular Number 2018-04 (revised) Issue date: 26 October 2018 Revised date: 20 December 2018 Application: All Victorian public sector employers Resources Executive Vehicle Cost to Package Calculator https://vpsc.vic.gov.au/resources/victorian-public-service-executive-resource-suite/ Enquiries:  Integrity and Advisory Victorian Public Sector Commission (03) 9651 1321 info@vpsc.vic.gov.au Key Points The Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) publishes the…

Circular 2018-05 | VPS executive pre-employment screening policy

Circular Number 2018-05 Issue date: 30 October 2018 Application: All Victorian public service bodies for executive officer recruitment. Resources: VPS executive pre-employment screening http://vpsc.vic.gov.au/resources/vps-executive-pre-employment-screening/ Enquiries:  Integrity and Advisory Victorian Public Sector Commission (03) 9651 1321 info@vpsc.vic.gov.au Key Points VPSC, with the agreement of the Victorian Secretaries Board, issues the VPS…

Circular 2018-06 | Prevention of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Circular Number 2018-06 Supersedes: Circular 2018-03 | Model Sexual Harassment Policy and Practice Guide issued 25 September 2018. Issue date: 23 November 2018 Application: All Victorian public sector bodies Resources Prevention of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace at https://vpsc.vic.gov.au/resources/prevention-sexual-harassment-workplace/ Enquiries:  Integrity and Advisory Victorian Public Sector Commission (03) 9651 1321 info@vpsc.vic.gov.au…

Circular 2019-07 | NAIDOC week leave provisions

Circular Number 2019-07 Issue date: 27 June 2019 Application: All Victorian Public Service employers Resources Victorian Public Service Enterprise Agreement (2016) Enquiries:  Aboriginal Employment Unit Victorian Public Sector Commission (03) 7004 7121 info@vpsc.vic.gov.au Key points NAIDOC Week is an annual celebration across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture…

Circular 2019-08 | Public Entity Executive Employment Handbook

Circular Number 2019-08 Issue date: 4 July 2019 Application: Public Entity Executives Resources Victorian Public Entity Executive Employment Handbook Enquiries:  Integrity and Advisory Victorian Public Sector Commission info@vpsc.vic.gov.au Key points The Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) has released the Victorian Public Entity Executive Employment Handbook (Handbook) on the VPSC website….

Circular 2019-09 | Respectful workplaces framework and prevention of sexual harassment — model action plan

Circular Number 2019-09 Issue date: 15 July 2019 Application: All Victorian public sector bodies Resources Respectful Workplaces Framework (DOCX, 920KB) Sexual Harassment Model Action Plan (DOCX, 120KB) Enquiries:  Integrity and Advisory Victorian Public Sector Commission info@vpsc.vic.gov.au Key points Sexual harassment is unlawful and prohibited. Sexual harassment in the workplace can…

Circular 2019-10 | Guide for Offering Inclusive Employee Assistance Programs

Circular Number 2019-10 Issue date: 23 July 2019 Application: All Victorian Public Service employers Resources Guide for Offering Inclusive Employee Assistance Programs (DOCX, 120KB) Enquiries:  Workforce and Engagement branch Victorian Public Sector Commission info@vpsc.vic.gov.au Key points The Guide for Offering Inclusive Employee Assistance Programs (the Guide) provides a set of…

Circular 2019-11 | Engaging with Lobbyists Guidance for Victorian public sector employees

Circular Number 2019-11 Issue date: 12 August 2019 Application: All Victorian public sector employers Resources Engaging with Lobbyists: Guidance for Victorian public sector employees (DOCX, 110KB) Enquiries:  Victorian Public Sector Commission info@vpsc.vic.gov.au Key points Victorian public sector employees consult with the community to inform public policies and the delivery of…

Circular 2019-12 | Pre-employment screening in the Victorian Public Service

Circular Number 2019-12 Issue date: 13 September 2019 Application: All Victorian Public Service staff Resources Pre-employment screening of misconduct in the Victorian Public Service Enquiries:  Integrity and Advisory Branch Victorian Public Sector Commission info@vpsc.vic.gov.au Key points The Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) has developed the Victorian Public Service Pre-employment Screening…

Circular 2019-13 | Update to pre-employment screening in the Victorian Public Service policy

Circular Number 2019-13 Issue date: 23 December 2019 Application: All Victorian Public Service bodies Resources Pre-employment screening of misconduct in the Victorian Public Service Enquiries:  Integrity and Advisory Branch Victorian Public Sector Commission info@vpsc.vic.gov.au Key points The Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) has developed the Victorian Public Service Pre-employment Screening…

Circular 2020-14 | Guidance for Victorian public sector employees – organisation of public ministerial events

Circular Number 2020-14 Issue date: 24 January 2020 Application: All Victorian public sector bodies Resources Guidance for Victorian public sector employees – organisation of public ministerial events Enquiries:  Integrity and Advisory Branch Victorian Public Sector Commission 03 7004 7121 info@vpsc.vic.gov.au Key points The Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) has developed…

Circular 2020-16 | How to hire when working remotely guidance

Circular Number 2020-16 Issue date: 29 April 2020 Application: All Victorian public entities Resources How to hire when working remotely guide Quick guide on how to hire when working remotely Enquiries: Workforce and Engagement branch Victorian Public Sector Commission info@vpsc.vic.gov.au Key points The Public Administration Act 2004 (the Act) has…

Circular 2020-17 | Maintaining integrity when working remotely

Circular Number 2020-17 Issue date: 18 August 2020 Application: All Victorian public sector bodies Resources Short guide: how to maintain integrity when working remotely Long guide: maintaining integrity when working remotely (180KB, DOCX) Guide to engaging with lobbyists in the Victorian public sector Enquiries: Integrity and Advisory branch Victorian Public…

Circular 2020-18 | Guidance for public sector employees standing in local government elections

Circular Number 2020-18 Issue date: 2 October 2020 Application: All Victorian public sector employees Resources Guidance During Election Periods Victorian Public Sector Employees Standing for Elections FAQs Enquiries: Integrity and Advisory branch Victorian Public Sector Commission info@vpsc.vic.gov.au Key points Local government elections will be held in Victoria by post in…

Circular 2020-19 | Updated guidance for pre-employment screening

Circular Number 2020-19 Issue date: 15 October 2020 Application: All Victorian public sector employees Resources: Policy – Victorian Public Service pre-employment screening  Guide – Victorian Public Service pre-employment screening  Enquiries: Integrity and Advisory branch Victorian Public Sector Commission info@vpsc.vic.gov.au Key points  The Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) has updated the Victorian Public…

Circular 2020-20 | Integrity guide for new board directors

Circular Number 2020-20 Issue date: 13 November 2020 Application: All Victorian public entities Resources: Integrity guide for new board directors Board directors induction checklist for organisations Enquiries: Integrity and Advisory branch Victorian Public Sector Commission info@vpsc.vic.gov.au Key points We have developed a suite of resources on key integrity issues for…

Circular 2020-20 | Victorian public sector entity executive bonus removal

Circular Number 2020-15 Issue date: 5 February 2020 Application: All Victorian public entities Resources Standard Public Entity Executive Employment Contract Public Entity Executive Employment Handbook Enquiries:  Integrity and Advisory Branch Victorian Public Sector Commission 03 7004 7121 info@vpsc.vic.gov.au Key points The Premier has approved the removal of bonus opportunities from…

Classification codes

This resource describes the data required in the Workforce Data Collection. The following employee classification codes apply to the Victorian Public Service data specification at https://vpsc.vic.gov.au/resources/data-collection-victorian-public-service/ Codes are provided for all VPS classification structures, including adaptive and non-adaptive structures. Table list Table 1 VPS Structure Table 2 VPS Aligned Adaptive Structures…

Code of Conduct for Directors of Victorian Public Entities

Effective 29 March 2016 Foreword The Code of Conduct for Directors of Victorian Public Entities reflects the special role of the Board, Chairperson and Directors, and the behaviours that exemplify the duties and values contained in the Public Administration Act 2004 (the Act). The duties, values and this Code build…

Code of Conduct for Victorian Public Sector Employees
Code of Conduct for Victorian Public Sector Employees of Special Bodies
Code of Conduct for Victorian Public Sector Employees Presentation

The Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) has provided this presentation for public sector organisations to use when informing staff about the values and Code of Conduct. This presentation is relevant to the Code of Conduct for Victorian Public Sector Employees and with minor modification to the Code of Conduct for…

Commencement Type Codes

This resource details the commencement type codes to be used in the Workforce Data Collection. These codes apply to the: Health data specification Commencement type Description A Secondary School / First employment in sector B TAFE Graduate – Victorian C TAFE Graduate – Other Australian States D University Graduate – Victorian…

Conflicts of interest and duty for directors of public entities | Practice guide

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Data-collection statement – People Matter Survey

This statement outlines how the Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) handles and uses personal and health information collected through the People Matter Survey (PMS), including how we protect the anonymity of participants. Purpose of the survey The VPSC collects data through the PMS to help improve the working lives of…

Definitions and Technical Notes for the Workforce Data and Comparison Reports for the Victorian Public Service
Developing Conflict Resilient Workplaces: A Report for Victorian Sector Leaders
Developing Conflict Resilient Workplaces: An Implementation Guide for Victorian Public Sector Managers and Teams
Development framework for Victorian public sector managers
Development Guides
Directors – Code of Conduct for Directors of Victorian Public Entities

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Disability employment – 10 things employers can do now

This plan sets out short-term and long-term actions to improve inclusion and participation for people with disability across the Victorian economy. There are also actions employers can take today to build more inclusive workplaces. Making an adjustment can make all the difference. Ask people what support they need, and work…

Disability employment information for employees

Employees with disability are valued members of our workforce. Here we provide you with information and supports to assist you and your colleagues to work together to create inclusive workplaces. Employee supports for people with disability Employees are offered a range of supports and benefits working in the public sector,…

Disability employment information for Human Resources and Hiring Managers

Human Resource departments and Hiring Managers are well-positioned to make the public sector an employer of choice for people with disability. To enhance and enable employment outcomes for people with disability, we have provided tools and resources to assist human resources and hiring managers with the attraction, recruitment, and retention…

Disability employment information for job seekers

The Victorian public sector offers diverse and inclusive workplaces for people with disability. There are a range of pathways to working in the Victorian public sector for people with disability. This includes traineeships, the graduate recruitment and development scheme (VPS GRADS), and any advertised role. Adjustments and support will be…

Disability employment information for managers

Managers have the opportunity to create change and support people with disability to reach their full potential. Managers play an important role in leading an effective team to achieve department, team or organisational goals. It is about bringing out the best in individuals and the group collectively with motivation and…

Disability employment information for Public Sector Leaders

Public sector leaders have a responsibility to create inclusive and respectful workplaces free from discrimination, and support prospective and existing employees and their managers. Many approaches can be adopted at an organisational level which create a flow-on effect to departments and divisions. Public sector leaders, including Directors and senior staff,…

Disability Employment Toolkit

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Getting Recruitment Right

Job Analysis and a Well-written Position Description As a line manager, it’s your responsibility to recruit the right person for the job. By understanding your role and responsibilities in the recruitment and selection process, you can reduce and in most cases eliminate the risk of poor hiring decisions. This is…

Getting to work audio

Getting to work: Victorian public sector disability employment action plan 2018–2025 sound files. Part 1 – Getting to work contents and inside cover Part 2 – Minister’s foreword and Commissioner’s foreword Part 3 – Introduction, Focus, Objectives and Key facts Part 4 – The case for change in the Victorian…

Getting to work Auslan

Getting to work: Victorian public sector disability employment action plan 2018–2025 Australian sign language video.

Getting to work FAQS

When does Getting to work start? Getting to work is a seven year plan starting in September 2018 and ending in 2025. Who is Getting to work for? Getting to work is relevant to job seekers with disability, employees with disability, Victorian public sector employers, disability employment services, recruitment agencies,…

Getting to work key messages

The following key messages will assist you in communicating the action plan in your organisation. Primary messages People with disability face discrimination and barriers to finding and maintaining successful careers. People with disability are under-represented in the public service workforce. Environmental factors, as well as social factors, can pose barriers…

Getting to work video transcript with animation description

[Title] Getting to work Here is a transcript with video description of the Getting to Work animation. [Animation title: “Getting to Work”] [Animation produced by the Victorian Public Sector Commission] [Animation style: This animation uses illustrated characters to represent people with and without disabilities from different ethnic backgrounds and job…

Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Policy Guide
Guidance During Election Periods

Last issued June 2016. Minor updates April 2018. Index Purpose Behaviour expected during elections Standing for election Further information Purpose This guide reminds Victorian public sector employees of their obligations under the Code of Conduct for Victorian Public Sector Employees (the Code) and the Constitution Act 1975 (Victorian Constitution) in…

Guidance for a Review of Actions

Under regulation 6 of the Public Administration (Review of Action) Regulations 2015 Contents Registrar Reviewer Employee, representative and support person Manager Head of the organisation or delegate This guidance applies to the Victorian Public Service. It explains the roles and responsibilities of people participating in a review of actions and…

Guidance for Conducting Police Checks

Index Purpose Obligations and risks Information about national police checks Recruiting new staff Checking current employees Finding out more Purpose When recruiting someone to a job, employers want to be satisfied that the applicant is able to perform the work. They will most probably ask the applicant about their skills…

Guidance for Integrity in Engaging Contractors

Index Purpose Risks Preventing fraud Purpose Engaging a contractor gives Victorian public sector employers flexibility to meet their organisation’s workforce needs. They may employ contractors with specialised skills, for a one-off complex project or to cover short-term absences of ongoing staff. Contractors who perform a public sector role must comply…

Guidance for Managers Engaging Contractors and Consultants

Victorian Public Service (VPS) departments determine the mix of employment arrangements to best meet their business needs. Engaging contractors and consultants, in addition to ongoing employees, gives departments the flexibility to meet immediate critical skill gaps. This guidance is for managers engaging contractors and consultants to perform a public sector…

Guidance for the Use of Social Media in the Victorian Public Sector

This guidance is under review following the High Court of Australia’s decision in Comcare v Banerji.  If necessary, we will update this guidance following a thorough review of the implications of the decision. Index Purpose Scope Official and Private Use Social Media – Defined Responsibilities Social Media and the Code…

Guidance for Victorian public sector employees – organisation of public ministerial events

Purpose This guide assists Victorian public sector employees (employees) who are required to organise and facilitate Ministerial events. It reminds employees of their existing obligations under the Code of Conduct for Victorian Public Sector Employees (the Code) (PDF, 259KB) and the Public Sector Values (the Values). Background and context It…

Guidance Note Work-Function Field – VPS Data Specification
Guidance on executive employment for public entity executives

This resource provides guidance regarding Victorian public entity executive employment. It provides information on common questions that have been asked about executive employment arrangements. For those seeking information regarding executive remuneration, further information is available on the Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal (the Tribunal) website. Note: The information contained within this document…

Guide for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Guide to engaging with lobbyists in the Victorian Public Sector

In this guide About this guide Your obligations under the codes When you can’t engage with lobbyists Public sector employees becoming lobbyists About lobbyists About this guide As a Victorian public sector employee, lobbyists may contact you to influence Government decisions. This guide helps you understand your obligations and what…

Guide to hiring with special measures in the public sector
Guide to secondments in the Victorian public sector

The information contained below is a guide to secondment arrangements in the Victorian public sector. It is intended to provide managers and staff with answers to some of the questions they may have when considering and implementing secondment arrangements. This information is a guide only – it does not replace…

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VicFleet List of Vehicles Approved for Executive Salary Packaging

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Victorian Public Entity Executive Handbook
Victorian Public Sector Employees Standing for Election FAQs

This document answers some frequently asked questions Victorian public sector employees (and their managers) may have about standing for pre-selection or election in local government, Victorian state or federal elections. This document should be read in conjunction with the Code of Conduct for Victorian Public Sector Employees (the Code of Conduct)…

Victorian Public Service Executive Employment Handbook
Victorian Public Service Executive Performance Management Framework
Victorian Public Service executive work level standards and streams by senior executive service band

Senior Executive Service band 1 work value standards Value Description Knowledge Apply comprehensive knowledge and skills, acquired through formal (tertiary) training or relevant professional, technical or management experience Be considered an authoritative source of strategic advice and expertise which has influence on organisation decision making in an area of knowledge…

Victorian Public Service executive work value assessment interview protocol

Begin with introductions and the background and purpose of the work value assessment. Explain the process and the possible outcomes of the work value assessment. Establish the purpose of the position and where it sits within the organisation. What supervisory responsibilities does the position have? How many direct reports (employees…

Victorian Public Service executive work value assessment methodology and guidelines
VPS executive pre-employment screening policy

1. Purpose The Victorian Public Service (VPS) needs employees who act in accordance with the public sector values. Public service executives occupy positions of trust in the community and must be accountable for their actions. Misconduct[1] puts the safety of employees and the community at risk and erodes public trust….

VPSC Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Declaration and Register 2017-2018

VPSC Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Declaration 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 The way public officials respond to offers of gifts, benefits and hospitality is critical to maintaining the trust of those we serve. Officials need to act in a manner that allows the community, customers, Government, clients and…

VPSC Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Policy

Read the Gifts, benefits and hospitality declaration for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 View VPSC’s Gifts, benefits and Hospitality Register Purpose This policy states the position of the Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) on: responding to offers of gifts, benefits and hospitality; and providing gifts, benefits…

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