Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

​​​​​​Purpose of this policy

To ensure school policies and practices comply with the policy requirements.


Schools must:

  • establish a process for ensuring that all staff and school council members are advised of the policy requirements
  • establish a gift register to keep records of accepted gifts, benefits and hospitality of more than non-token value.

The principal must monitor the gift register records which are reviewed annually by the school council

    The Department’s policy:
  • applies to all Department employees in the public service and teaching service, school council employees and school councillors
  • does not prevent teachers and principals from accepting token gifts from students, parents and overseas visitors.

Prerequisite policy

The Victorian Public Sector Commissioner issued the Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Policy Framework for the Victorian Public Sector  (October 2016) requiring all public sector entities including government schools to ensure that they have gifts, benefits and hospitality policies and processes that satisfy the requirements of the Framework. 

Department resources

For more information, see: