Your work with the department is governed and guided by legislation, policies and procedures—these are called policy instruments.
Non-compliance with legislation (breaking the law) carries penalties for individuals and the department. The department's legal obligations are addressed in policies and procedures (easier to read than legislation).
Your supervisor will let you know which policies and procedures apply to your work; you need to read them to understand your responsibilities. If you have any questions, speak with your supervisor.
Corporate Governance Framework
Sound governance of the department involves a set of responsibilities and practices, policies and procedures that, as public employees, we apply in our daily work. These are discussed as standards of accountability and transparency in the
Corporate Governance Framework.
- direction and purpose of the department
- alignment of culture, functions and structures with the goals of the department
- expectations of performance and behaviour
- delivery—planning, project management and reporting
- improving performance
- risk management.
Policy and Procedure Register
The Policy and Procedure Register provides staff and the broader community with access to all Department of Education policies, procedures and delegations and authorisations.
Policies, procedures and supporting documents are key tools that guide departmental activities, help manage risk and ensure legal obligations are met. As mandatory instruments, policies and procedures must be followed.
Policies, procedures and supporting documents work together as part of a hierarchy. A policy provides the ‘why’, while procedures provides the ‘what, ‘when’ and ‘how’ information to explain who has responsibilities and how functions must be performed.
Policies and procedures can be accessed on the department’s Policy and Procedure Register. These documents are grouped within a number of categories.
Essential policies and procedures for all employees
Certain policies and procedures are essential learning for all employees of DoE. As such, they are addressed in your
mandatory induction program.