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.
Major DELWP agencies
Vacancies (if any) for
the boards of major agencies in the DELWP portfolio will usually be listed below,
advertised in newspapers and/or listed on the Victorian Public Sector
Commission's Get on Board website.
If you are interested in
submitting an Expression of Interest for an advertised vacancy, please read 'Information for applicants' and 'Background reading' (below on this page),
and any other information noted in the advertisement.
on National Parks Advisory Council and Reference Areas Advisory Committee
The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change is seeking
Expressions of Interest for
- eight positions, including the Convenor, on
the National Parks Advisory Council; and
- six positions, including Chairperson, on
Reference Areas Advisory Committee.
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 position descriptions
outlining the key selection criteria.
Applicants with further enquiries may
contact Ms Lisa Griggs, Project Officer Governance, on (03) 9637 8726.
Expressions of Interest close
midnight Monday 29 August 2016.
Chair of the Sustainability Fund Committee
Do you have the skills, experience and commitment relevant to the
department's portfolio to be a leader of one of its key governance
committees? Are you able to provide
vision on governance, climate change, and waste portfolios?
DELWP invites suitably qualified and experienced
people to register an expression of interest for the position of external Chair
of the Sustainability Fund Committee.
The Committee supports the strategic and accountable
management of the Sustainability Fund so that it best utilises the landfill
levy revenue collected from the Victorian community for the fund's legislated
The Chair will ensure the effective performance of the
The skills and experience expected include:
- at least five years experience working in governance on Government/departmental committees
- a strong understanding of the functions and role of advisory committees.
The Chair must demonstrate a commitment to
environmental, economic and social sustainability and show a personal
commitment to integrity, disclosure of private interests and be able to
maintain confidentiality on relevant Committee matters.
Essential information for applicants and expression of
interest forms can be obtained by contacting Ms Lisa Brocker, Manager,
Sustainability Fund on (03) 9637 9081 or email email@example.com . Note: all requests must be made by midday Friday 2 September 2016.
Applications, comprising an expression of interest
form and a resume, close Monday, 5 September 2016.
Late applications will not be accepted.
Applications must to be lodged by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information for applicants (major agencies)
Board vacancies for major agencies in the DELWP portfolio 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.
Factors that may be considered when evaluating a candidate's application include:
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.
Skills and Attributes
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.
Government policy - diversity and gender equity on boards
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.
Declaration of Private Interests
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.
Retention of information provided
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 (major agencies)
For information about the role and duties of board members of a DELWP agency and the expected standards of conduct please see the Induction and continuing
education support module on On Board(the governance section of DELWP's website). Please read the following guidance notes:
- Basic requirements of good governance
- Summary chart of roles and responsibilities
- Conflict of interest – and overview
The following publication is also key background reading for all DELWP board members and applicants.
Other support modules also contain useful information for board applicants (e.g. information about how board members should respond if offered a gift, benefit or hospitality
in their capacity as a board member, board meetings and decisions, and conflict of interest).