Chairperson and Advisory Board Members - Victorian Skills Authority

VSA Advisory Board | Education administration

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Applications close 2 June 2024


Role length:
Sessional, 3 years
As required, Not specified
Melbourne CBD, online or another location
Salary not specified

About the board

The Victorian Skills Authority (VSA) is an Administrative Office under the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions (DJSIR) portfolio reporting to the Minister for Skills and TAFE. VSA provides evidence-based planning and solutions to meet current and future skills needs, and generate place-based solutions for local problems, promoting quality improvement across the vocational education and training sector in Victoria. The VSA's purpose is to build strong, active connections between industry, training providers, government, and communities, with the new Victorian Skills Plan providing data and insights to ensure the right skills are developed and ready at the right time.

The purpose of the VSA Advisory Board is to collaborate with VSA creating shared purpose and direction for Victoria's skills system. It drives and monitors the skills system's long-term strategy and development and maintains a focus on the workforces needed to support the broader Victorian Government economic recovery and growth agenda.

About the role

The Advisory Board Members’ responsibilities include:

  • Long-term strategic direction of the skills and training sector, maximising outcomes from the State’s investment
  • Strategic input into the next phase of reforms in response to industry and community needs
  • The development of the Victorian Skills Plan to ensure it takes into account current and future needs
  • Maintaining a focus on the delivery of the skills and training requirements to support government priority workforces
  • Providing strategic advice on approaches to enhancing industry and employer input into the skills sector to maximise alignment of delivery to current and future workforce needs
  • Innovation and innovative practices in business and how this can be adopted in curriculum development and delivery by the skills sector
  • The relevance, quality, and equity of the Victorian training system
  • Any other matters referred by the Minister

The Chairperson and Advisory Board Members will be appointed and receive reasonable remuneration in accordance with the Victorian Government’s Appointment and Remuneration Guidelines.

Appointments are made for a 3-year term and require attendance at 8 Boards Meetings annually with additional time commitments aligned to the responsibilities of the role. 

The Chairperson and Advisory Board Members will be appointed and receive reasonable remuneration in accordance with the Victorian Government’s Appointment and Remuneration Guidelines.

Who we're looking for

Applications for Board membership will be reviewed against the following key selection criteria. While candidates are not expected to demonstrate experience across all the criteria outlined below, applications will be assessed to ensure the full range of skills and experience are available across the Board as a whole. Applicants are also expected to be senior leaders in their organisations.

  • Significant and contemporary knowledge and expertise across the intersection of industry and vocational education and training and higher education
  • Direct representation and/or lived experience of the perspective and needs of specific communities, including for example, First Peoples, those facing specific barriers (such as disability, neurodiversity), Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Victorians, and Victorians living in regional, rural or remote areas
  • Demonstrated professional experience in workforce development and planning matters
  • Proven relevant network and stakeholder relationships
  • Strategy and policy development capability
  • Ability to identify and interpret new and emerging issues, and provide expert advice
  • Demonstrated ability to build and promote productive and collaborative relationships
  • Innovation and change mindset.

Chair / Deputy Chair

Suitable candidates for the Chair will be assessed against the criteria for members. In addition, the following selection criteria apply:

  • Proven leadership experience at senior level
  • A high level of industry and/or VET sector credibility
  • Superior written and communication skills
  • Commercially and politically astute.

It is expected that the successful candidate(s) for the Chair will be able to demonstrate proficiency in all the above additional criteria.

Should an appointment of a Deputy Chair be made, the same selection criteria will apply

What you need to apply

Applicants are required to:

  • register on the Victorian Government’s website Join a Public Board
  • upload a current curriculum vitae (CV) and cover letter. This should include the following information:
    • employment history,
    • any current membership of government bodies
    • provide a clear indication of the skills and experience you bring to the Board
  • respond to the relevant key selection criteria.

Applications close at 11:59 pm, Sunday 2 June 2024.

The Victorian Skills Authority has engaged Davidson Executive and Boards Pty Ltd to support the appointment process. For a confidential discussion or to seek further information please contact the Davidson team on in a new window)

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