Full-time Member - Post Sentence Authority

Post Sentence Authority | Public administration


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

About the board

The Victorian Government seeks to appoint a Full Time Member to the Post Sentence Authority (PSA).

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

Full-time members play a critical role within the Authority and bring a high level of knowledge and expertise.

Full-time members participate in Authority hearings, make decisions as part of a quorum to discharge the Authority’s legislative functions, and apply expert knowledge to ensure quality and consistency in decision-making. In compliance with legislative requirements, full-time members support the Authority to ensure that the paramount consideration in every decision is the safety and protection of the community.

In addition to hearing commitments, full-time members represent the Authority in public and stakeholder forums and maintain strategic relationships to support the execution of the Authority’s functions.

Full-time members also contribute to the operation and strategic direction of the Authority through the Authority Board, chairing internal sub-committees, and work collaboratively with the Chief Administrative Officer.

Who we're looking for

As our ideal candidate you will have:

  • Significant experience in the criminal justice system and an interest in the role and functions of the Authority.
  • Demonstrated ability to confidently deal with criminal justice concepts and complexity and use analytical and conceptual skills to reason through problems.
  • Proven ability to make informed, sound, fair, and high-quality decisions by statutory requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direction to a multi-disciplinary team and contribute to high-quality decision-making.
  • Proven ability to use computers, access information via IT systems and confidently engage in hearings using various software.
  • Proven ability to draft legal reports and submissions to be filed in Court by the Serious Offenders Act 2018 and familiarity with court processes.
  • Broad awareness of diversity, culture, gender, disability, and mental health issues and how they intersect with the justice system.
  • A proven ability to communicate effectively and courteously and handle difficult and sensitive communications confidently and appropriately.
  • Personal and professional integrity, reputation, and community standing.

Mandatory qualifications

Under the Serious Offenders Act 2018 members of the Authority must be a lawyer of at least five years’ experience or have relevant experience. Extensive experience and qualifications in law, psychology, psychiatry, criminology, or social work are highly desirable.


Full-time members are required to be available after-hours as part of the Authority’s rotating ‘on-call’ schedule.

Full-time members will regularly review sensitive and confronting material and engage with serious offenders in hearings. All members of the Authority have access to the Department of Justice and Community Safety’s wellbeing services and are encouraged to use the services as often as necessary.

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 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.

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.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

Initial enquiries and requests for further information may be directed in confidence to Erin Louis, Chief Administrative Officer, Post Sentence Authority 0418 851 293 or erin.louis@justice.vic.gov.au

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.