General Information on Becoming a TAFE Institute Board Member by paulj


									                         TAFE Institute Boards

General information for applicants
TAFE institutes provide vocational education and training to meet existing and
emerging skills needs in metropolitan and regional locations across Victoria.
A TAFE institute board is the governing body of a TAFE institute and reflects
the views of industry and the community. It undertakes the full range of
governance functions and oversees financial and risk management.

The Minister for Skills and Workforce Participation, Jacinta Allan, MP
appoints up to eight directors to each of the 14 TAFE institute boards for terms
of up to three years. Four of the appointments must be persons with
knowledge or experience in any industry in which training is provided by the
institute. The Education and Training Reform Act 2006 provides for the
remuneration of directors of TAFE institute boards and requires Ministerial

There are 14 TAFE institutes in Victoria and candidates are encouraged to access
further information by visiting the websites of individual institutes:

   Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE
   Box Hill Institute of TAFE
   Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE
   Chisholm Institute of TAFE
   East Gippsland Institute of TAFE
   Gordon Institute of TAFE  
   Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE
   Holmesglen Institute of TAFE
   Kangan Batman Institute of TAFE
   Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE
   South West Institute of TAFE
   Sunraysia Institute of TAFE
   William Angliss Institute of TAFE
   Wodonga Institute of TAFE 

Roles and responsibilities of TAFE institute boards

The Education and Training Reform Act 2006 defines the functions of a TAFE
institute board.

The Minister is responsible to the Parliament in respect of the exercise by the
governing body of its functions, and for her own exercise of powers in relation
to the governing body.
Each TAFE institute board is expected to govern in a manner that ensures that
the institute:

    is efficiently managed;
    provides high quality vocational education and training services that
     meet the needs of the community; and
    meets both financial and performance targets.

Responsibilities of a board director include:

    regularly attending and contributing to discussions at board meetings;
    making serious commitments to participate actively in committee work,
     particularly in an area in which they demonstrate particular expertise or
    reading and analysing briefing papers, reports, especially financial
    maintaining frameworks in auditing, risk management and delegations;
    mentoring senior executives and building collegial working
     relationships; and
    contributing to the agenda cycle and participating in performance
     evaluation of the CEO, the board and its committees.

Selection criteria
Given the diversity of functions of TAFE institute boards, the Minister is eager
to ensure that the range of skill sets of directors is maximised.
Expressions of interest are encouraged from all sections of the community,
including people from rural and regional areas, women, Indigenous people,
young people, people with a disability, and people from culturally and
linguistically diverse backgrounds.

People with experience in areas such as education and training, governance,
public sector or corporate management, finance, law, organisational
development, risk management and strategic planning are encouraged to

It is Government policy that each board reflects and represents the community
that is served by the institute.

Appointment process
Ministerial nominees will be asked to provide additional information,
including a Declaration of Private Interests.
The Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development (DIIRD)
will also conduct:
- a national police records check;
- a check of the register of persons banned from managing corporations,
    which is held by the Australian Security and Investment Commission
    (ASIC); and
- a check against the National Personal Insolvency Index of Insolvency and
    Trustee Services Australia (ITSA).

Current board directors who are appointed by the Minister are eligible to apply
for reappointment.

While expressions of interest can be submitted at any time, Skills Victoria runs
an annual advertising campaign in order to obtain applications from interested
parties for the year ahead. The annual advertising campaign for prospective
TAFE board directors generally takes place in June. This ensures that
applicants can be considered for appointment to any vacancy expected to
occur between July of that year and July of the following year.

Applications should be accompanied by a typed curriculum vitae and sent by
email to:


by mail to:

Higher Education, Governance and Support
Skills Policy Development & Coordination
Skills Victoria
Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development
PO Box 266D

Note: Fax copies will not be accepted.
Applicants should also note that expressions of interest will be kept by the
Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development for a period of
one year and, as TAFE institutes have the capacity to make their own
appointments, will be made available to TAFE institute board chairpersons.
If you require any further information please contact (03) 9637 2768.

To top