On Board support modules are a 'one stop shop' for information and resources on key governance topics. They include model policies and templates, guidance notes and governance guides, and direct links to the topic on other websites - e.g. Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC).
Model policies - your board should have policies in place that are consistent with DELWP’s model policies. This will assist your agency to meet its governance obligations.
Guidance notes – are an overview of a key governance topic or information on a particular aspect of it.
Induction – new board members should be provided with certain information in their induction program and kit.
Note that small (category 3) committees of management of Crown land reserves only need to use the Committees of management support module.
DELWP offers e-alerts with governance news on topics such as:
- new laws and government policies
- developments in governance best practice
- significant additions to On Board
Board members, executives and staff of DELWP agencies and other interested readers can subscribe.
Codes of conduct
The Code of Conduct for Directors of Victorian Public Entities (Directors’ Code of Conduct), which is issued by the Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC):
- applies to board members of DELWP agencies
- is incorporated into DELWP’s model policy on Code of Conduct
There is also a Code of Conduct for Victorian Public Sector Employees, which applies to employees of DELWP agencies.
In addition to the guidance notes and other resources in the support modules this includes the DELWP and the VPSC publish governance guides.
DELWP guide to good governance – board members
Currently being updated. The principles in the guide still apply.
DELWP guide to annual reporting - public bodies
A guide for those DELWP agencies with annual reporting obligations under the Financial Management Act. Updated each year.
Committees of management responsibilities and good practice guidelines
The guidelines are key reading for small (category 3) committees of management of crown land reserves. Published by DELWP.
Guide to Governing in the Water Sector
The Water Governance guide (PDF, 6.2 MB) provides an overview of the governance framework for the Victorian water sector at a point in time (February 2020). It details the water sector's governance responsibilities and legislative, regulatory and policy frameworks. It also gives an introduction to the ministers, government departments and agencies that play a role in the oversight of the sector.
The guide will benefit boards, directors and senior officers of water corporations, the Victorian Environmental Water Holder, the Victorian Catchment Management Council and catchment management authorities.
This guide is both an induction tool for newcomers and an update for existing directors. Links throughout the Water Governance guide (PDF, 6.2 MB) enable the reader to access and explore further information.
Welcome to the Board
Introductory guide published by the VPSC.
Victorian Public Sector Commission
As part of its role in promoting good governance in the public sector, the Victorian Public Sector Commission publishes codes and guidance. DELWP support modules have direct links to the relevant topic.
The Victorian Ombudsman, the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection, the Victorian Auditor-General, and the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) also promote a high standard of public sector governance as part of their role watchdog role. For further information see the Integrity complaints support module.
Suggestions and feedback
Please email your suggestions for additional support modules and resources (e.g. model policies and guidance notes) and your feedback on how to improve existing resources to email@example.com.
Page last updated: 11/03/20