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 approval. 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 http://www.britafe.vic.edu.au Box Hill Institute of TAFE http://www.bhtafe.edu.au Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE http://www.gippstafe.vic.edu.au Chisholm Institute of TAFE http://www.chisholm.vic.edu.au East Gippsland Institute of TAFE http://www.egtafe.vic.edu.au Gordon Institute of TAFE http://www.gordontafe.edu.au Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE http://www.gotafe.vic.edu.au Holmesglen Institute of TAFE http://www.holmesglen.vic.edu.au Kangan Batman Institute of TAFE http://www.kangan.edu.au Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE http://www.nmit.vic.edu.au South West Institute of TAFE http://www.swtafe.vic.edu.au Sunraysia Institute of TAFE http://www.sunitafe.edu.au William Angliss Institute of TAFE http://www.angliss.vic.edu.au Wodonga Institute of TAFE http://www.wodonga.tafe.edu.au 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 skills; reading and analysing briefing papers, reports, especially financial reports; 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 apply. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org OR by mail to: Higher Education, Governance and Support Skills Policy Development & Coordination Skills Victoria Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development PO Box 266D MELBOURNE 3001 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.
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