The Victorian Public Sector Commissioner, Paul Grimes, has today issued a circular detailing a pre-employment screening policy for VPS executives.

Key points are

  • VPSC, with the agreement of the Victorian Secretaries Board, issues the VPS Executive Pre-employment Screening Policy (the Policy) and associated guidance material.
  • The Policy addresses integrity risks associated with inadequate pre-employment screening of people seeking executive employment in the Victorian Public Service, and sets a minimum standard of pre-employment screening for VPS executives.
  • The Policy requires that a Statutory Declaration and Consent Form (the Form) be completed by candidates prior to a formal offer of employment being finalised for all VPS executive positions in public service bodies.
  • Candidates with a misconduct history are not necessarily precluded from employment. However, the Policy ensures that employers can access the information required in order for them to determine a preferred candidate’s suitability for a position based on a further understanding of their past employment history.

The Policy applies to all executive level recruitment by public service bodies.  A public service body is

  • a Department
  • an Administration Office established under section 11 of the Public Administration Act 2014
  • the Victorian Public Sector Commission

Read the full Commissioner’s circular