The Department of Health & Human services offers training and support to help health service boards maintain their momentum in building their capabilities.
The department provides information about induction, financial literacy, performance monitoring, ongoing board assessment, conflict of interest and risk management.
Guidelines are available about such practical topics as board papers and reporting, and holding the annual meeting.
Induction of board directors
Effective induction of directors instills confidence and skills in new board members and contributes to a successful board.
Financial responsibilities of boards
Health services boards must comply with a range of financial regulations and directives as outlined in the Victorian Government's Financial Management Compliance Framework.
Board remuneration and director expenses
Guidelines for remuneration of board directors, including remuneration rationale and rates, and some frequently asked questions. This page also provides guidance on director expenses and reimbursements.
Monitoring board performance
Performance monitoring is a key mechanism to hold health service boards to account for effective governance.
Assessing the performance of a health services board is done by internal self-assessment and less often, externally. Performance assessment tools and guides are available.
Conflict of interest and the board
Health services board directors in Victoria need to develop an awareness of possible conflicts of interest and have a procedure for handling these.
Risk management and the board
Risk management is a responsibility for Victorian health services boards. Standardised tools are available to make the job of measuring, recording and managing risk easier.
Guidelines for health services boards in Victoria provide advice on board papers, open access meetings.
Directors' conduct and workplace culture
Health service board members are required to comply with the Directors' Code of Conduct. As board directors, you have the ability to influence and set the culture change that is required in Victoria’s health system. Board directors should make workplace culture a priority, particularly in terms of h...
This Toolkit is a resource to assist public health service board directors and other interested parties to better understand the role of directors of health service boards and the operating environment of the public sector health service entities they govern.
Reviewed 04 October 2015