Department of Health

Gifts, benefits and hospitality policy

The Gifts, benefits and hospitality policy outlines the department's position on responding to offers of gifts, benefits and hospitality, and providing gifts, benefits and hospitality.

The department is committed to good governance and maintaining high levels of integrity and public trust.

The policy has been developed in accordance with the requirements outlined in the Gifts, benefits and hospitality resource suite issued by the Victorian Public Sector Commission to assist public officials and public sector organisations to meet the minimum accountabilities.

Where the employee is unable to seek their manager's approval prior to acceptance, approval must be sought within five business days.

Staff must refuse all offers from people or organisations that could be perceived to influence a decision, such as tender processes, procurement or awarding of grants.

Any offer of $50 or more must be declared and any such offer without a direct business benefit must be refused.

The policy is intended to support individuals and the department to avoid conflicts of interest and reinforce the Victorian public sector values of impartiality, integrity and accountability set out in the Public Administration Act 2004 (Vic).

The department maintains a register of all declarable gifts, benefits of hospitality that are offered, regardless of whether they are accepted or not. The department's register will be published on the department's website annually.

Gifts, benefits and hospitality register

The department's gifts, benefits and hospitality register includes offers of gifts, benefits and hospitality made to departmental staff with a value of $50 or more, whether accepted or not.

The register will be published on this website annually.

We have published two registers for the reporting period 2020-2021 due to the Machinery of Government changes that came into effect on 1 February 2021.

Reviewed 22 October 2021

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