From time to time, the opportunity arises for members of the public to apply for appointment to the board of an agency in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) portfolio.
Current board vacancies
Membership on Parks Victoria Board
The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change is seeking expressions of interest for four positions, including the Chairperson, on the Parks Victoria Board. The terms of appointment for members commence in July 2017.
Applications are now open. Applicants are required to apply online via the Get on Board website at http://vacancies.publicboards.vic.gov.au (under ‘Search Current Vacancies’). Here applicants will also find further information regarding the recruitment process, including a position description outlining the key selection criteria.
Expressions of Interest close midnight Monday 13 February 2017.
Major DELWP agencies
Vacancies (if any) for the boards of major agencies in the DELWP portfolio will usually be listed here, advertised in newspapers and/or listed on the Victorian Public Sector Commission's Get on Board website.
Appointment and remuneration guidelines
Major DELWP agency board vacancies are filled in accordance with the Victorian Government's Appointment and remuneration guidelines for Victorian Government boards, statutory bodies, and advisory committees. The principles of merit selection and due process apply.
Expressions of Interest
If you are interested in submitting an Expression of Interest for an advertised vacancy, please read 'Information for applicants' and 'Background reading' and any other information noted in the advertisement.
Information for applicants
The agency's establishing Act or terms of reference may have specific requirements in relation to the composition of the board or appointment of members, for example:
- the Zoological Parks and Gardens Act 1995 requires the board to be comprised of people who have collective expertise in various fields, including zoology or veterinary science, business management, and education.
Consideration will be given to the candidate's skills and attributes and to the skills mix already present on the board:
- Some skills and attributes are important for every board member to possess, e.g. integrity, strategic thinking, ability to contribute constructively as a team member.
Other skills and attributes are important for the board to possess collectively – each board member does not need to have all the skills necessary for the board to function effectively, but the board as a whole does.
It is government policy for public sector boards to reflect, where possible, the composition of the Victorian community (e.g. women, men, youth, indigenous people, people with a disability, people from a culturally diverse background). For example:
- gender equity: On 28 March 2015, Premier Daniel Andrews' announced that overall at least 50% of all future appointments to paid Victorian government boards and all Victorian courts will be women.
- Hearing Aboriginal Voices on Boards: in this DELWP video (6 mins), Aunty Di Kerr, Darren Perry and Mick Harding talk about their experiences of being on boards and the challenges and satisfaction of their service, and encourage other Aboriginal people to consider board membership.
Personal and professional integrity are vital attributes for a board member. Before a person can be appointed to a board, he or she must give DELWP approval to undertake a police check and related probity checks.
Prior to being appointed to a board, an applicant must complete a Declaration of Private Interests. This form is a standard requirement for applicants for appointment to the boards of all major public sector agencies in Victoria.
Background reading for applicants
|Roles, duties and standards of conduct|
On Board: Induction and continuing education
|Governance||DELWP guide to good governance - board members|
|Other useful information|
On Board: support modules
How to respond to a gift, benefit or hospitality as a board member