Department of Health


Remuneration of our boards is an element of building independent, effective, highly skilled boards. Remuneration enables professionalization of our boards as well as acknowledging the significant responsibility that being a director of a public health board carries. Another important factor is that remuneration assists in attracting and retaining appropriately skilled candidates.

The board remuneration guidance and FAQs on this page provide detailed information regarding remuneration. These publications must also be read in conjunction with the latest Appointment and Remuneration GuidelinesExternal Link , published by the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Expenses and reimbursements

Expenses are work related costs incurred by board directors in the operation of their board duties. The Health Services Act 1988 provides that directors are eligible for reimbursement of reasonable expenses from the public hospital or health service that they serve. Reimbursement of reasonable expenses are unrelated to director remuneration. The Director Expenses guidance on this page provides information as to what reasonable expenses are, and an example of how to determine whether an expense is reasonable and if it should be reimbursed by the service.

Further information can also be found on the Victorian Public Sector Commission's websiteExternal Link .

Please note, the Director Expenses publication is an excerpt from the Director's Toolkit. If you would like to read the excerpt in its full context, please see pages 99-101, Chapter 3: 'Conduct, ethics and fiduciary duties' of the Director's Toolkit.

Reviewed 01 December 2021


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Health Service Governance Unit Department of Health & Human Services

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