Chair and Deputy Chair, Post Sentence Authority

Post Sentence Authority | Public administration


Role length:
Full-time, Up to 5 years
Not specified, Not specified
Melbourne - CBD
Salary not specified

About the board

The Victorian Government seeks to appoint a Chair and Deputy Chair to the Post Sentence Authority (PSA). The roles are nominally full-time; however, flexible arrangements will be considered.

The PSA was established as an independent statutory authority in 2018, replacing the Detention and Supervision Order Division of the Adult Parole Board.

The primary purpose of the post sentence scheme is to protect the Victorian community from serious violent and/or sex offenders who pose an unacceptable risk of committing further serious offences. The scheme also facilitates the treatment and rehabilitation of offenders, with the aim to reduce an offender's risks so they no longer need to be subject to a post sentence order.

About the role

Key functions for the roles include:

  • reviewing and monitoring the progress of offenders on supervision orders or detention orders
  • monitoring offender compliance with the conditions of supervision orders
  • giving directions and instructions to offenders — for example, a direction about where the offender can live
  • making recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) about reviewing the conditions of supervision orders
  • inquiring into alleged breaches of supervision orders and making recommendations to the Secretary, DJCS, about commencing legal proceedings against offenders.
  • overseeing the coordination of service delivery to offenders by government agencies
  • publicly reporting on the performance and administration of the post sentence scheme.
  • representing the PSA in public and stakeholder forums and maintaining strategic relationships to ensure the PSA can fulfill its functions.
  • contributing to the operation and strategic direction of the PSA through the PSA's board and working collaboratively with the Chief Administrative Officer.

The Chair is the Head of the organisation, and both the Chair and Deputy Chair are pivotal to decision-making in hearings. Decisions cannot take place without either the Chair or Deputy Chair being present. A Chief Administration Officer leads a Secretariat that oversees the operations, finance, and governance of the PSA.

Remuneration, allowances, and expenses are determined by the Governor in Council and are specified in the member's Instrument of Appointment. The Chair role is aligned with an SES 3 level ($401,018-$533,431 TRP), and the Deputy Chair is aligned with an SES2 level ($279,239 -$401,017 TRP).  

Who we're looking for

We are seeking the following leadership attributes:

  • highly developed capacity for complex decision-making and systems thinking
  • experience gained in relevant sectors such as criminal justice, public administration, human rights, mental health, and medical sectors.
  • the ability to collaborate with key judicial and government  stakeholders
  • highest integrity and ethical standards.

Applicants for the roles must be:

  • admitted to legal practice in an Australian state or territory, or enrolled as a legal practitioner of the High Court of Australia, for not less than ten years.

Candidates are sought from a range of diverse backgrounds and life experiences. We welcome interest from people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, and varied cultural backgrounds and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. A flexible approach to candidate assessment can be applied.

What you need to apply

Initial enquiries and requests for further information may be directed in confidence to David Baber of Fisher Leadership on 1300 347 437.

Members of the Authority are appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister for Corrections. Current members are welcome to apply. 

Applications are accepted through Fisher Leadership, using reference DOJcha1023 providing a cover letter stating your relevant experience with reference to the leadership attributes set out above, along with a copy of your CV. Please note your interest in the Chair or Deputy role, or to be considered for both.