Member (Merit Protection Boards)

Merit Protection Board | Education administration

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Applications close 28 April 2024

Overview

Role length:
Sessional, 3 years
Meetings:
As required, Not specified
Location:
Melbourne - CBD
Salary:
Sessional rates

About the board

The Merit Protection Boards hears grievances from employees of the Department of Education. The Merit Protection Boards is an independent statutory body established under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 that provides advice to the Minister for Education and the Secretary to the Department of Education about the principles of merit and equity for the Victorian government teaching service.

It also hears appeals and reviews of employment decisions made under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (except for matters relating to unsatisfactory performance and misconduct) and has the power to hear reviews and appeals of decisions relating to Department of Education employees under other Acts, or as prescribed by regulation.

A Merit Protection Board is constituted to hear each grievance lodged by an employee. Each Board has 3 members:

  • one is to be the chairperson, selected from a pool of persons nominated by the Minister; and
  • one is selected from a pool of persons nominated by the Secretary; and
  • one is selected from a pool of persons nominated by the Minister who are employees in the teaching service.

How to Apply:

Applicants are required to register an account on the Get on Board website prior to applying online. Once you have registered an account with Get on Board, please click the apply online button below.

You will have the opportunity to address the key selection criteria and outline relevant qualifications and experience at this point.

Applicants should upload a current curriculum vitae with their application.

Applicants should view the position description attached to the advertisement prior to applying.

For all enquiries regarding the appointment process, please contact workplace.relations@education.vic.gov.au

Applications close Sunday 28 April 2024.

This is a special measures role designed to increase diverse representation of the broader Victorian community on the Merit Protection Boards. Only candidates who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander are eligible to apply, as per the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

About the role

As a member of the Merit Protection Board pools, you may be appointed to a Board by the Merit Protection Board Chair, to carry out one of the following functions as set out in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006:

  • to advise the Minister about principles of merit and equity to be applied in the teaching service
  • to hear reviews, grievances and appeals in relation to decisions made under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (except Division 9A and 10) or any other Act
  • to advise the Minister or the Secretary about any matter referred to them by the Minister or the Secretary relating to merit and equity in the teaching service.

The Merit Protection Boards operate on a sessional basis. Members are appointed to one of 3 pools and may be selected to comprise a Merit Protection Board as required. No minimum engagement is guaranteed to pool members.

This role will commence in 2024 for a period of 3 years.  

For information about the Merit Protection Boards, Board functions, terms and conditions and the application process, please refer to the document titled Merit Protection Boards – Member information attached. 

Further information about the Merit Protection Boards can be obtained from the Registrar, Merit Protection Boards on telephone (03) 9032 1701 or at Merit Protection Boards | Victorian Government (www.vic.gov.au)

Who we're looking for

To enhance the diversity of the current Merit Protection Boards hearing panel pools, the Minister for Education and the Secretary of the Department of Education are seeking applicants who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. This is intended as a special measure under s12(1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (VIC).

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring boards and committees broadly reflect the diversity of the Victorian community. Multiple perspectives help boards make meaningful decisions and we value members with a range of experiences.

Applications are open to all interested persons who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander who consider they have appropriate qualifications, skills and expertise to fulfil the role, including lived experience or informal training.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be shortlisted based on a desirable selection criteria, relevant skills, expertise or lived experience which may include, but is not limited to:

  • experience in the public education sector
  • experience in grievance resolution procedures
  • training in merit-based selection processes
  • experience in an integrity role (e.g., membership of a board or tribunal) where natural justice principles and/or procedures are applied
  • understanding and application of merit and equity principles, for example those set out in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 and applied in recruitment processes for the Victorian government teaching service.

These selection criteria are desirable but not mandatory.

 

Applicants do not need to be current employees in the Victorian Government Teaching Service. The successful applicants will be appointed to the pool of persons nominated by the Secretary, on the terms and conditions approved by Governor in Council.

Applicants may be required to undergo probity checks including a National Criminal Records Check, Australian Securities and Investment Commission Register of Persons Banned and Disqualified Check and an Australian Financial Security Authority National Personal Insolvency Index Check. A Declaration of Private Interests forms will also be required prior to appointment.

If you would like help understanding this document or would like to receive it in another format, phone 03 7022 2358, using the National Relay Service 133 677 if required. If you require adjustments or for further enquiries about the expression of interest process, please contact the Policy, Workplace and Initiatives Branch by email: workplace.relations@education.vic.gov.au.

What you need to apply

To be considered, you must provide:

  • a current CV
  • a cover letter indicating:
    • how you represent the views of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
    • your relevant skills, expertise or lived experience
  • a completed Expression of Interest form

Only candidates who identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander will be considered as per the Special Measures provision of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

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