Legislation

Gifts, benefits and hospitality


The role of EPA is to be a world-class regulator of pollution and waste. Our policies and processes provide public confidence in our decision making.

We discourage you from making an offer of a gift, benefit or hospitality (gift offer) to our employees.

Our employees cannot accept a gift that may bring their integrity, or that of EPA, into disrepute.

Policy

Our policy and processes are in line with the government requirements under the Standing Directions 2018 under the Financial Management Act 1994 for the management of gifts, benefits and hospitality.

Gifts, benefits and hospitality policy (publication 1746)

Privacy collection statement

Our employees advise their manager of every non-token gift offer they receive, even if they refuse it.

We collect, retain and use this information to help ensure our policy is effective and to meet our legal obligations.

Privacy collection statement – gift offers

Register of reportable gift offers

Gift offers are either:

  • token (inconsequential, trivial, and worth less than $50), or
  • reportable (non-token).

We must:

  • keep a register of all reportable gift offers
  • publish a de-identified copy that complies with privacy laws.

EPA register of gift, benefit and hospitality offers (publication 1747)

Avoid making an offer

Avoid making gift offers that our employees cannot accept.

For example: you have an interest in a business decision the employee is likely to make or influence.

If you are a business associate (e.g. supplier or tenderer), consequences may apply if you act contrary to:

  • our policy
  • any Victorian government supplier code of conduct.

Avoid making multiple offers

If you make multiple gift offers the overall effect may raise integrity issues.

Further information

For further information about our policy please email the EPA Integrity Officer: Integrity.Officer@epa.vic.gov.au 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Page last updated on 27 May 2019