Full-time Member, Adult Parole Board

Adult Parole Board | Public administration


Role length:
Full-time, 3 years
Not specified, Not specified
Melbourne - CBD
Salary not specified

About the board

Expressions of interest are invited for the position as a Full-time Member of the Adult Parole Board of Victoria (the Board).

About the Board

The Board is an independent statutory body established under the Corrections Act 1986, with jurisdiction over the appropriate release of prisoners on parole. The Board is mandated to make decisions about whether to grant, deny, defer, vary, or cancel a prisoner's parole, under a statutory framework. The Board's paramount consideration is the safety and protection of the community.

Most Board hearings comprise a Divisional Chairperson, Full-time Member and Community Member. For further information, please visit - https://www.adultparoleboard.vic.gov.au/

About the role

A Full-Time Member will bring a high level of knowledge of relevant practices, policies, guidelines and law to the Board’s deliberations, ensuring quality and consistency of decision-making, and that the Board’s decisions are clearly articulated.

The Full-time Member will:

  • prepare for Board hearings, including reading a large volume of available material (including reports prepared by Community Correctional Services, judge’s sentencing comments, submissions from registered victims, criminal history report, prison behaviour, psychological or psychiatric assessment reports and outcome reports from assessment and treatment programs that the prisoner has undertaken in prison) and write notes to be shared with the other Board members for discussion in the hearing.  
  • regularly sit as a member of the Board and participate in the Board functions conferred by legislation including the Corrections Act 1986 and other related legislation.
  • keep informed of the Board’s practices and current legislation and have a strong understanding of these in order to be able to advise, when required, the Divisional Chairperson and Community Member in their hearing.
  • lead and manage portfolios allocated by the Chairperson and Chief Administrative Officer on a range of legal, practice, risk, stakeholder engagement and administrative topics, to drive progress, provide guidance to Board members and Secretariat staff and always strive for continuous improvements.
  • keep informed of any developments in risk assessments, legislative changes, relevant research and practice changes within the corrections and justice services environment, in order to inform Board members and Secretariat staff and ensure that Board practices are reviewed and consistent with any changes. 
  • participate in a rotating on-call roster, including evening, weekends and public holidays, to consider urgent matters and assess the need to convene a special Board hearing.
  • contribute to, and where appropriate lead, Board governance committees on practice, risk and stakeholder engagement, and be a member of and contribute to the Board’s Executive Committee.
  • attend the regular member professional development seminars, and actively contribute to seminar discussions.

Members are Governor in Council appointments, on terms and conditions consistent with the Department of Justice and Community Safety and for an initial term of three years.

Who we're looking for

The Full-Time Member should be able to demonstrate:

  • relevant experience in law (preferably criminal) and in the criminal justice system.
  • an understanding of the Victorian legislation, policy and issues relating to prisoners.
  • demonstrated ability to apply the practices, policies, procedures, and statutory responsibilities of the Board.

While no formal qualifications are required, Full-time Members must have a demonstrated record of achievement in their chosen profession and demonstrate a commitment to community service and/or qualifications or experience in law, corrections, psychiatry, psychology, social work or another relevant field.

What you need to apply

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that government boards and committees reflect the diversity of the Victorian community. We encourage applications from women, people of all ages, Aboriginal people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and LGBTIQA+ people. We will provide adjustments to the recruitment process upon request.

You do not have to disclose any personal information if you do not want to, but it can help us understand how we can support you through the recruitment process and beyond. We invite you to tell us if you identify as Aboriginal, a person with disability, from a culturally or linguistically diverse background, LGBTIQA+ or a young person, aged 25 years old or less. If you identify as any of the aforementioned, we would welcome the opportunity to contact you and discuss how we can support you through the recruitment process. Sharing this information will help you access support should you need it and will also help us to better understand the impact of our work.


How to apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

All appointments are subject to reference checks, pre-employment misconduct screening and criminal record checks. Some positions may also be subject to a medical check and/or ‘Working with Children Check’.

Applicants with further enquiries may contact Dallas Beasley at Dallas.Beasley@justice.vic.gov.au

Applications close at 11:59pm on Sunday 11 February 2024.