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.
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: