Gifts, benefits and hospitality

Dairy Food Safety Victoria's (DFSV) gifts, benefits and hospitality policy is intended to support individuals and DFSV to avoid conflicts of interest, maintain high levels of integrity and public trust and behaviour and to support behaviour consistent with the Code of Conduct for Victorian public sector employees and the Code of conduct for directors of Victorian Public Entities.

This policy applies to all DFSV executives, board members, employees, applicable contractors and consultants and any individuals or groups undertaking activity for or on behalf of DFSV and requires that:

1. Individuals refuse all offers (excluding token hospitality (less than $50)):
  • made by a current or prospective supplier
  • made during a procurement or tender process by a person or organisation involved in the process
  • made by people or organisations about which they will likely make regulatory decisions involving licensing, compliance or enforcement actions
  • a token offer (less than $50) that has been made on several occasions by the same person or organisation where the cumulative value of the offers, or the perception that they may influence the recipient, results in the offers becoming non-token.
2.  Individuals also refuse offers where the value is greater than $50 unless refusal of the gift, benefit or hospitality is likely to cause embarrassment or insult to the donor and none of the following circumstances apply to the offer:
  • likely to influence them, or be perceived to influence them, in the course of their duties or raise an actual, potential or perceived conflict of interest
  • by a person or organisation about which they will likely make a decision (also applies to processes involving grants, sponsorship, regulation, enforcement or licensing)
  • likely to be a bribe or inducement to make a decision or act in a particular way
  • that extend to their relatives or friends
  • with no legitimate business benefit to DFSV and/or the State
  • of money, or used in a similar way to money, or something easily converted to money
  • where, in relation to hospitality and events, DFSV will already be sufficiently represented to meet its business needs
  • where acceptance could be perceived as endorsement of a product or service, or acceptance would unfairly advantage the sponsor in future procurement decisions
  • made by a person or organisation with a primary purpose to lobby Ministers, Members of Parliament or public sector agencies
  • made in secret.

DFSV maintains a register of gifts, benefits and hospitality (greater than $50) offered to individuals.

 Date offered Offered to Offered by Description Gift / hospitality Estimated value Decision 
 13/11/2018 Co-ordinator  Vehicle Leasing Company 

Family Fun Day

Melbourne Zoo 

More than $50 (est.)  Declined/Returned 
 12/2018 Manager  DFSV Licensee  Christmas Hamper More than $50 (est.)   Declined/Returned 

Please refer to our policy for further information.