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.
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).