Public service employees cannot be offered, accept, or give gifts and benefits that affect, could affect, or be perceived to affect their doing their jobs impartially.
Declaration of gifts
You must declare any gifts and other benefits received as part of your official duties to avoid any perception of conflicts of interest or inappropriate influence.
- Directive 22/09 – Gifts and benefits outlines the ethical considerations and procedures involved in the giving and receiving of gifts and benefits by employees and agencies of the Queensland public service.
- Gifts and benefits guideline helps agencies and employees to understand their responsibilities.
- Procedure for reporting gifts and benefits (DOC, 253 KB) clarifies the process and considerations for public service employees prior to and after receiving or giving gifts/benefits.
Gifts and benefits register
All agencies must record gifts and benefits received or given with a retail value of more than $150 in a central Gifts and Benefits Register which is to be published quarterly.
Gift registers should remain published on an agency’s website for 12 months, at which point they may be taken down and archived in accordance with Retention and Disposal Scheduled for Administrative Records. Copies of previous registers should be made available upon request.
Talk to your manager or human resource team about what to do when offered a gift or benefit.
HR and IR practitioners can contact the PSC Advisory Service.