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.
The Code commences on 1 July 2017 and 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. By 1 July 2017, 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:
Invitation to Supply and general conditions for the supply of goods and services reflect the introduction of 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 to help buyers implement the Code. Standard form contracts are currently under review and will be available online from June. Alternatively, contact the Victorian Government Purchasing Board (VGPB) Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.