The Victorian State Government (the State) is committed to ethical, sustainable and socially responsible procurement. To support this commitment, the State has implemented a Supplier Code of Conduct (the Code).
The State views its suppliers as partners and cares about the way that they do business when providing goods or services, including construction works and services to, or on behalf of, the State.
The Code describes the minimum expectations that suppliers should aspire to meet in the areas of:
A. integrity, ethics and conduct;
B. conflict of interest, gifts, benefits and hospitality;
C. corporate governance;
D. labour and human rights;
E. health and safety; and
F. environmental management.
We have recently updated the Code within the labour and human rights section to include a reference to modern slavery. Buyers and supplier are now required to download a new copy of the Code.
The Code is applicable to all general government sector contracts, agreements and purchase orders for the supply of goods and services, and construction works and services.
What buyers need to do?
Government buyers must ensure all new contractual arrangements require suppliers to acknowledge the Code by signing and returning the commitment letter, included in the invitation to supply documentation. Existing suppliers will receive a standard letter informing them of the State's expectations under the Code.
To assist government buyers implement the Code, the following toolkit has been developed. The toolkit now includes a new process guide on how to manage complaints under the Code:
Help and support
Buyers are encouraged to contact their Chief Procurement Officer or equivalent State manager for more information.
The VGPB have enhanced applicable guides and standard form contracts to help government buyers implement the Code. Alternatively, contact the Victorian Government Purchasing Board (VGPB) Secretariat at email@example.com.