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.
Appointment as Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee of the Department
of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and nominated smaller portfolio entities
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 strategic risk management, governance and assurance?
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) invites suitably
qualified and experienced people to register an expression of interest for the
position of independent Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee for the
department and nominated smaller portfolio entities. At present only the Commissioner for
Environmental Sustainability Risk and Audit Committee is nominated.
DELWP was created on 1 January 2015 with a mandate to
support Victoria's natural and built environment and to ensure economic growth
and liveable, sustainable and inclusive communities that are resilient to the
impacts of climate change..
The Chair has a range of leadership duties and
responsibilities to ensure the effective performance of the Committee which
The Chair has a range of leadership duties and responsibilities to ensure the effective performance of the Committee which include:
- maintaining effective relationships with the Secretary, senior management, and other committee members and stakeholders
- leading committee discussions
- encouraging participation of other members
- conducting committee meetings in an efficient and effective manner.
The skills and experience of the Chair must include:
- at least five years' experience as a director or board member, particularly in public sector entities
- current or previous appointments on risk and audit committees
- strong understanding of the requirements of the Standing Directions of the Minister for Finance
- current or previous experience in the role of Chair of a board or board sub-committee.
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.
The department is committed to ensuring the diversity
of its committees and boards represents the diversity of Victoria's
communities. Women, indigenous persons,
people with a disability, young people and people from culturally and
linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Remuneration is consistent with the Victorian
Government's guidelines for committee appointments. Fees will be within the
value ranges identified for Chairs and Members of Group B Organisations, under
Schedule B of the Appointment and
Remuneration Guidelines issued by Department of Premier and
Cabinet. The term will commence on 1 October 2016 and expire on
30 September 2019.
Essential additional information for applicants and
the expression of interest form can be obtained by emailing Enterprise.RiskServices@delwp.vic.gov.au (note: all requests must be made
by midday Friday, 10 June 2016.)
Queries may be directed to Mr Anthony Connelly,
Executive Director Business, Executive and Ministerial Services on (03) 9637
8672 or email email@example.com.
comprising an expression of interest form and a resume, must be received by
Monday, 13 June 2016.
Late applications will not be accepted.
Applications must to be lodged by email to Enterprise.RiskServices@delwp.vic.gov.au. www.delwp.vic.gov.au
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.
Membership on Coastal Committees of Management – Barwon South West
Region Expressions of Interest
The Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water is seeking Expressions of Interest for committee member positions on three coastal committees including Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management, Barwon Coast Committee of Management and the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee to commence in mid 2016.
These positions provide an exciting opportunity for suitably qualified and experienced persons to contribute and provide high level advice on the delivery of coastal management to the Victorian community, including reserves at Portarlington, St Leonards and Indented Head, Barwon Heads/Ocean Grove and along the Great Ocean Road from Torquay to Lorne.
Applicants are required to register an account on the Get on Board website prior to applying online (under 'Search current vacancies'). Here applicants will also find further information on each of the committees, the recruitment process and scheduling of an 'open house' for interested applicants.
For all enquiries contact the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning,
Anglesea Office by phone (03) 5220 2012.
Expressions of interest close 5pm Sunday, 20 March 2016.
Small, voluntary committees of management
There are over 1,200 small, voluntary committees of management of crown land reserves. Committee members are usually local people with an interest in contributing to their community. They manage a public land reserve (and any facilities on it) on behalf of the Victorian Government.
Committee vacancies are not usually advertised on this page. They are advertised in the local media, for example the local paper. The application process is usually quite simple. For further information, please contact your local DELWP regional office.
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).