Our legislative functions

The Health Services Act

HealthShare Victoria is an independent statutory authority established under subsection 134(1) of the Health Services Act 1988 (Vic)  

Under the Act, we have been given legislated power with the responsibility to make, amend and revoke purchasing policies relating to the supply of goods and services to the Victorian health services. These policies may also cover the management and disposal of goods. 

Our role is to:

  • monitor compliance by public health services with purchasing policies and HSV directions, and report irregularities to the Victorian Minister for Health
  • ensure probity is maintained in purchasing, tendering and contracting activities in public health services
  • develop, implement and review policies and practices to promote best value outcomes and probity practices.
  • provide advice, training and consultancy services in relation to the supply of goods and services and the management and disposal of goods to certain public health services.

The Modern Slavery Act 

Under the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) health services may be required to submit an annual Modern Slavery Statement to the Australian Government. The Act applies to health services that have annual consolidated revenue of at least AU$100 million.

This is to ensure that suppliers to Victorian public health services use are not involved in modern slavery.

We provide support and guidance on reducing modern slavery risk in health service supply chains in an advisory and consultancy capacity under the Health Services Act 1988 (Vic).

Our role is to:

  • provide information and guidance on reducing modern slavery risks in health service supply chains, as part of HSV’s advisory and consultancy function under the Health Services Act 1988 (Vic).
  • assess and addressing modern slavery risk in health service supply chains (HSV collective agreements), to assist mandated health services to prepare their annual Modern Slavery Statement.
  • address modern slavery in the Victorian healthcare sector through our Modern Slavery Risk Mitigation Program.



Content reviewed: May 2024