This Code has application to Ministers, Cabinet Secretaries, Parliamentary Secretaries, Ministerial Staff Members and public officials through the Premier’s Circular on Professional Lobbyists and public sector Codes of Conduct.
This Code applies in conjunction with other relevant codes and practices, particularly the Victorian Government Purchasing Board (VGPB) procurement policies, in accordance with the longstanding probity requirements for competitive tender processes which do not permit lobbying activities, and any other statutory provisions that are in effect from time to time. For the avoidance of doubt, VGPB procurement policies and any statutory requirements take precedence over this Code.
This Code creates no obligation for a Government Representative to have contact with a particular Lobbyist or Lobbyists in general, or with a particular Government Affairs Director or Government Affairs Directors in general.
This Code does not serve to restrict contact in situations where the law requires a Government Representative to take account of the views advanced by a person who may be a Lobbyist or Government Affairs Director.
Reviewed 29 June 2021