The Victorian public sector has strict integrity requirements.  

Board members: As a public sector board member, you must:

  • act and make decisions in the public interest (best interests of the agency)
  • comply with the integrity standards for public sector board members.

Your board: Your board should have an integrity framework (consolidated code of conduct) for board members. Your board’s integrity framework should be consistent with the DELWP model policy on Integrity Framework,which replaces the Code of Conduct model policy previously issued by DELWP.  It incorporates:

Employees: Your board should also ensure that the agency’s executives and other employees understand that the agency is part of the public sector and that public sector employees have integrity obligations, including the Code of Conduct for Victorian Public Sector Employees.

Model Policies – Integrity framework

Standard for major agencies

  • It is basic good governance for all DELWP agencies to have an Integrity Framework (consolidated code of conduct) in place for board members
  • Your board's policy should be consistent with the DELWP model policy (below), which replaces the model policy on Code of Conduct.
  • The Integrity Framework model policy consolidates the Directors’ Code of Conduct and other integrity obligations for board members into a single, easy to read policy.

Integrity framework - Model Policy (PDF, 149.2 KB)
Integrity framework - Model Policy (DOCX, 190.9 KB)

Small committees of management

For small (category 3) committees of management of crown land reserves, see the code of conduct model policy in the Committees of management support module.

Guidance notes

An overview – Integrity framework (major agencies)

  • Easy-to-read overview of a board member’s integrity obligations and good practice
  • Include in induction kits for board members of major agencies

Integrity framework - Guidance Note (PDF, 128.6 KB)
Integrity framework - Guidance Note (DOCX, 197.2 KB)

An overview (small committees of management)

For small (category 3) committees of management of crown land reserves, see the code of conduct guidance note in the Committees of management support module.

Governance links

Related support modules

On Board has related support modules for DELWP board members, including:

Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC)

As part of its role in promoting good governance in the public sector, the VPSC publishes the Directors’ Code of Conduct, which applies to board members.

The DELWP model policy on Integrity Framework (see above) incorporates the Directors’ Code of Conduct and other governance obligations and good practice.

Watchdog agencies

As part of their watchdog role, the Victorian Ombudsman, the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO), and the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) also promote a high standard of public sector governance. For further information see the Integrity complaints support module.

Background information

Why have an integrity framework?

The Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) has issued the Directors’ Code of Conduct. Why have an integrity framework?

Answer

  • Other integrity obligations also apply to your board, some of which are a higher source than the Directors’ Code of Conduct – e.g. sections 7, 8, 13A, 79, 80, 81, 82, and 85 of the PAA.
  • The framework is a consolidated code of conduct. It incorporates the integrity standards that board members must comply with into a single, easy to read policy.
  • Section 81 of the PAA requires boards to have a code of conduct.