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 Victorian Water Corporation or Catchment Management Authority Board

Have you considered being on a Victorian Water or Catchment Board?

The Victorian Government is committed to community engagement and increasing diversity in water sector leadership. This will encourage new ideas and ensure we best reflect our diverse communities.

For further information, please click on the following links
Water Corporation Board – Information for Applicants (PDF, 244.12 KB) (Accessible) (DOCX, 386.15 KB)
Catchment Management Authority Board – Information for Applicants (PDF, 76.44 KB) (Accessible) (DOCX, 221.1 KB)

Expressions of Interest open March 2017 for four weeks.

Victorian Environmental Water Holder Commission

The Victorian Government is currently seeking a suitably skilled Aboriginal Victorian to contribute their experience and knowledge to improving the environmental health of rivers, wetlands and floodplains by registering an expression of interest for the role of Commissioner with the Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH). The VEWH is an independent statutory authority responsible for holding and managing Victoria's environmental water entitlements. For more information on the role and responsibilities of the VEWH please visit

The Victorian Government is committed to community engagement and increasing diversity in water sector leadership. This will encourage new ideas and ensure we best reflect our diverse communities.

Applications are now open and close 10 April 2017.

For further information or to apply, visit or call the DELWP Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

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.

Applicants need to be aware that probity checks and other information provided in their application will be:

  • stored securely and dealt with in accordance with the Privacy Protection and Data Act 2014
  • retained as required by the Public Records Act 1973.

Background reading for applicants

Roles, duties and standards of conduct

On Board: Induction and continuing education

Focus on:

  • Basic requirements of good governance
  • Summary chart of roles and responsibilities
  • Conflict of interest – and overview
GovernanceDELWP guide to good governance - board members
Other useful information

On Board: support modules

These include:

How to respond to a gift, benefit or hospitality as a board member