16 December 2019

‘Tis the season… for a reminder about gifts and benefits policies

The festive season is upon us and it’s a great time to acknowledge the efforts of our health sector colleagues. It’s also timely for HPV, health services and health sector suppliers to check their internal gifts and benefits policies are being followed.

The Victorian Government Procurement Board’s (VGPB’s) Supplier Code of Conduct provides clear guidance for both hospitals and suppliers on the minimum ethical standards of behaviour expected of suppliers when conducting business with, or on behalf of, the state in the areas of conflicts of interest, gifts, benefits and hospitality.

“As part of their commitment to comply with the Supplier Code of Conduct, suppliers must not offer public employees gifts or benefits either directly or indirectly,” says HPV Director Finance, Risk and Governance John Delinaoum.

”It’s fine for suppliers to offer basic courtesy such as tea or coffee during a meeting but companies must be careful not to offer enticements to obtain an unfair or improper advantage,” he says.

“Health services also have a responsibility to report approaches of gifts, benefits or hospitality in line with their organisational gifts and benefits policies, and any reporting requirements,” John says.

For more information about probity, ethics and integrity, see HPV’s website.