Chief executives, senior executives (and equivalents), and public service employees must declare any interests held that have a bearing, or may be perceived to have a bearing, on carrying out a role properly and impartially (Sections 101 and 185 of the Public Service Act 2008). The requirement to make a declaration extends to any interests held by a partner and/or dependants.
Statutory office holders employed under any Act in a Queensland Government entity (defined in section 24 of the Public Service Act 2008) are also required to declare conflicts of interest (Section 40E of the Integrity Act 2009).
What you have to declare
All conflicts of interest (actual, potential and perceived) must first be identified and declared. Steps can then be taken to appropriately manage and resolve the matter in the public interest.
Some examples of potential personal interests, both direct or indirect, pecuniary or non-pecuniary include:
- shareholdings in public and private companies
- family and business trusts and nominee companies
- bonds, debentures and like investments involving placement of money for a specified period which attracts interest
- savings and investment accounts with banks, building societies and like organisations
- real estate including private residential property
- directorships on boards or employment by a public or private company
- where you, your partner and/or your dependents are beneficiaries of a deceased estate, share-holdings, real estate and beneficial interests
- other substantial sources of income from employment (except as an employee of the Crown), business undertakings or investments
- other interests that may result in, or be seen to result in, a conflict of interest, including indirect pecuniary interests and contingent pecuniary interests.
- other relevant assets
- liabilities including mortgages, hire purchase arrangements, personal loans and overdrafts in your name, and/or your partner’s and/or your dependents
You are not required to declare:
- income as an employee of the Crown
- ordinary non-interest bearing cheque accounts
- credit card accounts
- credit accounts held with department stores
- personal use motor vehicles
- collections (e.g. stamp collections)
- household and personal effects
- where you, your partner and/or your dependents have trustee responsibilities as executor or trustee but are not beneficiaries, of a deceased estate, share-holdings, real estate and beneficial interests
- memberships of industrial organisations and/or political parties.
Read more about what is a conflict of interest.
Requirements and forms
Under the Declaration of Interests policy, it is a mandatory requirement for chief executives, senior executives and their equivalents, as well as statutory office holders, to complete a Declaration of Interests upon commencement to a role, annually, and anytime there is a change in personal interests.
Chief executives may also direct public service employees to provide a Declaration of Interests at any time.
The specific forms and processes for different roles are available here:
- chief executive officers
- senior executive service officers
- statutory heads
- public service employees.