Each board member who is appointed or reappointed to the board of a DELWP agency must be provided with a suitable induction program and kit.

  • DELWP can assist your agency with the development and implementation of:
  • a suitable induction program and kit for the incoming board

professional development during the board’s life cycle.
It is important to follow the guidance note on the minimum contents for induction programs and kits.

  • All major DELWP agencies should have a policy   on induction and professional development for board members
  • Your board’s policy should be consistent with the   DELWP model policy.

Induction and education – model policy – standard major (PDF, 141.0 KB)
Induction and education – model policy – standard major (DOCX, 110.2 KB)

This guidance note is essential reading for anyone involved in preparing an induction program/kit for board members.

The guidance note:

  • sets out the minimum topics and guidance (e.g. ‘overview’ guidance notes) that should be included in all programs/kits
  • incorporates the requirements in Premier’s Circular 2015/02.

There is flexibility about whether a particular topic is covered in the program (and to what extent) provided that certain guidance is included in the kit.

This helps to ensure that the program is ‘fit for purpose’ and can be tailored to meet the needs of the particular incoming board.

Induction programs and kits – minimum contents (PDF, 332.3 KB)
Induction programs and kits – minimum contents (DOCX, 110.3 KB)

The following guidance notes:

  • should be included in induction kits for board members of all major DELWP agencies
  • also help experienced board members to stay up-to-date with current governance requirements and best practice.

For small (category 3) committees of management of Crown land reserves, see the committees of management support module.

Governance resources available from DELWP

An at-a-glance list of the guidance notes and other resources which DELWP offers.

Governance resources from DELWP - major agencies (PDF, 102.8 KB)
Governance resources from DELWP - major agencies (DOCX, 173.5 KB)

Meetings and decisions – an overview

Easy-to-read overview of a board member’s obligations and good practice

Include in induction kits for board members of major agencies

Also helps experienced board members to stay up-to-date.

Meetings and decisions – overview – all major (PDF, 429.5 KB)
Meetings and decisions – overview – all major (DOCX, 112.1 KB)

Code of conduct – an overview

  • Easy-to-read overview of a board member’s obligations and good practice
  • Include in induction kits for board members of major agencies
  • Also helps experienced board members to stay up-to-date.

Code of conduct – an overview – all major (PDF, 92.4 KB)
Code of conduct – an overview – all major (DOCX, 110.6 KB)

Conflict of interest – an overview

  • Easy-to-read overview of a board member’s obligations and good practice
  • Include in induction kits for board members of major agencies
  • Also helps experienced board members to stay up-to-date.

Code of conduct – an overview – all major (PDF, 92.4 KB)
Code of conduct – an overview – all major (DOCX, 110.6 KB)

Gifts, benefits and hospitality – an overview

For major agencies:

On Board Gifts - an overview  (PDF, 143.5 KB)
On Board Gifts - an overview (DOCX, 267.8 KB)

For other agencies:

See the committees of management support module for small (category 3) committees of management of crown land reserves.

Summary chart of roles and responsibilities

A summary of the roles and key responsibilities of the board, CEO, minister, DELWP, etc.

Summary chart of roles - major agencies (PDF, 472.0 KB)
Summary chart of roles - major agencies (DOCX, 117.3 KB)

Basic requirements of good governance

A summary of key governance requirements that a board member must be familiar with.

Basic requirements of good governance - major agencies (PDF, 336.1 KB)
Basic requirements of good governance - major agencies (DOCX, 108.9 KB)

Minimum contents – induction program and kit 

Include this guidance note (located above) in the induction kit so that board members know what to they are entitled to expect in their induction program and kit.

Directors Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct for Directors of Victorian Public Entities (Directors’ Code of Conduct) is binding on board members of DELWP agencies.

Welcome to the Board

Published by the Victorian Public Sector Commission.  Until the next edition of the DELWP guide to good governance – board members is issued, include the generic Welcome to the Board in all induction kits.

Board mentoring toolkit

DELWP has developed a board mentoring kit which agencies may choose to include in induction kits.

Board mentoring-toolkit (PDF, 352.6 KB)
Board mentoring-toolkit (DOCX, 524.0 KB)

Hearing Aboriginal voices on boards

In this DELWP video (6 mins), Aunty Di Kerr, Darren Perry and Mick Harding talk about their experiences of being on boards and the challenges and satisfaction of their service, and encourage other Aboriginal people to consider board membership.

DELWP governance e-alerts

Board members and other interested readers can subscribe to DELWP's governance e-alerts, which provide governance news and information.