Board Member - AMES Australia

Skills and Education | Education administration


Role length:
Sessional, 2-3 years
Bimonthly, Half day meetings
Melbourne - CBD
$20,000 - $29,999

About the board

AMES Australia, a Victorian public entity, operates as a body corporate in accordance with the Education and Training Reform Act 2006. Demonstrating its commitment to public service and supporting culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, it provides comprehensive end-to-end services based on a strengths-based approach, fostering successful settlement outcomes. Additionally, AMES Australia shares its expertise with other countries to develop policies and practices aimed at enhancing resettlement programs worldwide.

AMES Australia provides a comprehensive range of programs and services, including settlement services, English language and literacy tuition, vocational training, employment services, National Disability Insurance Services (NDIS) and aged care services. These services cater to recent arrivals, refugees, skilled migrants, job seekers, youth, and individuals in need of care across Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and New South Wales, and the Northern Territory.

For more information about AMES Australia visit

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity for a suitably experienced individual to be appointed as a Member of the AMES Australia Board.

The role of the Board is to ensure that the AMES Australia carries out its vision and achieves its stated objectives prudently, sustainably, ethically and in accordance with its constitution, relevant laws, regulations, and Government policy.

The AMES Australia Board consists of 9 to 11 ministerial nominee and board nominee directors appointed by the Minister for Skills and TAFE.

The Board meets approximately 6 times per year.  Board members generally participate in one or more of the Board’s committees or working/advisory groups.

The Board member’s responsibilities include:

  • setting the strategic direction and monitoring the overall performance outcomes and workplace culture
  • overseeing financial, audits and asset management
  • appointing and monitoring the performance of the CEO
  • endorsing the annual report for tabling in Parliament
  • submitting the strategic plan and statement of corporate intent to the Minister
  • operating in accordance with the economic and social objectives and public sector management policy established by the Government of Victoria
  • ensuring that the AMES Australia is aligned with and meets relevant priorities and objectives of the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions
  • providing assistance and information as the Minister, the Secretary or the Deputy Secretary may reasonably require from the board.

For more information about the role please refer to the AMES Australia Board Member position description.

Who we're looking for

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of high-level skills, experience and knowledge in relation to the criteria outlined below. 

Mandatory criteria under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 

In appointing members to the Board, or advising on persons for appointment as members to the Board, the Minister and existing members must endeavor to ensure that nominated members include persons with knowledge of, or experience in, the following areas: 

  • Management 
  • Finance 
  • Commerce or business 
  • Law 
  • Corporate governance 
  • Adult, community and further education 
  • Educational needs of and services required by migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in the community. 

Highly desirable skills and qualities 

In addition to the mandatory criteria outlined above, aptitude in the following areas will be highly desirable: 

  • Similar-sized business, whether in the public sector, large not-for-profit boards on or non-government commercial entities
  • Cultural diversity 
  • Settlement services, Employment services and Care services (e.g, disability and aged care) 
  • Lived experience as a migrant, refugee, asylum seeker, or past recipient of, or involvement with, any of AMES Australia’s services and support
  • Social and community participation 
  • Strategic sophistication and vision 
  • Audit and risk management 
  • Innovation and business development 
  • Stakeholder engagement 
  • Public tenders and contracts 

We encourage applications from a wide range of applicants.

Appointments to Victorian Government entities should, as far as practicable, reflect the diversity of the Victorian Community. Indigenous Australians, people with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, LGBTIQA+ people, young people and people living in rural and regional communities are encouraged to apply. 

What you need to apply

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Applications close at 11.59pm on Wednesday 1 May 2024. To support your application, please provide a two page cover letter which addresses the selection criteria and a resume.  

The Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions is supported with this recruitment by Davidson Search & Advisory.

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