Member - Victorian Institute of Teaching Hearing Panel Pool

VIT | Education administration

Overview

Role length:
Sessional, 2-3 years
Meetings:
As required, Not specified
Location:
Melbourne - CBD
Salary:
Sessional rates

About the board

The Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) is the independent regulatory authority for the Victorian teaching profession and is administered through part 2.6 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (the Act). VIT reports to the Victorian Parliament through the Minister for Education.

VIT regulates the teaching profession by:

  • registering teachers and early childhood teachers who teaching in Victorian schools and early childhood settings
  • approving initial teacher education programs
  • developing, establishing and maintaining standards of professional practice and a professional learning framework
  • determining the suitability of persons to be registered teachers
  • developing codes of ethics and conduct
  • conducting statutory functions including investigating and making findings on the conduct, competence, and fitness to teach of registered teachers.


More information about VIT can be found at: www.vit.vic.edu.au.


VIT investigates a teacher's misconduct, competency, impairment, fitness to teach and criminal history. The investigation may arise from a complaint, a notification to VIT by an employer of a teacher, a referral from the Commissioner for Children and Young People, the teacher's criminal history or by VIT's own motion. An investigator may recommend to VIT that a matter be referred to a formal, informal or medial panel for hearing and determination.


VIT may refer these matters for hearing and determination by a hearing panel.

More information about investigations can be found on the VIT website at www.vit.vic.edu.au.

The Act requires that a hearing panel must be appointed from the pool of persons approved under section 2.6.35F of the Act.

About the role

The Minister for Education invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified applicants to serve as a member of a pool of persons who may be appointed as a sessional member of a Victorian Institute of Teaching hearing panel, commencing 3 July 2024 for a term of up to 3 years.

The function of a hearing panel member is to hear and determine matters referred to an informal hearing, formal hearing or medical hearing panel held by VIT arising under Division 12 of Part 2.6 of the Act. A matter may also be referred to a hearing panel where VIT believes that the registration of a teacher may have been obtained by fraud or misrepresentation.

A Chairperson will be appointed for each panel, whose primary responsibility is to lead the panel in setting procedure in accordance with the Act and preparing written reasons for decision.

Hearings may involve a considerable amount of reading and preparation. Hearings are generally held in person. Flexible attendance arrangements can be negotiated, with each panel determining how a particular hearing will be run.

Responsibilities of panel members include:

  • preparing for informal, formal or medical panel hearings
  • attending and conducting informal, formal or medical panel hearings
  • making orders at a formal hearing where required, in accordance with the Act
  • applying judgement and knowledge of administrative law principles to a variety of hearing formats involving unrepresented parties, and parties with varying types of representatives
  • adhering to the rules of natural justice and applying hearing procedures fairly and appropriately
  • determining matters by applying the relevant law to the facts as found in each case
  • writing of the decisions and reasons in a timely manner. The decision and reasons are to include the findings and determination and the evidence on which these findings were based
  • considering the wellbeing and safety of children, including by taking into account community expectations
  • attending panel member training sessions and meetings.

Who we're looking for

Any of the following persons may be approved as a member of the pool of persons who may be appointed to a hearing panel:

  • persons who have been admitted to legal practice in Victoria for not less than 5 years;
  • persons who are current or former members of the VIT Council;
  • registered teachers;
  • medical practitioners registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law;
  • psychologists registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law;
  • persons who have knowledge of or experience in health and community services.

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that government agencies reflect the rich diversity of the Victorian community. Diversity of skills and expertise, and the perspectives and lived experiences of people from different backgrounds, contribute to good governance and help ensure that boards are making decisions in the interests of all Victorians.

We encourage applications from women, people of all ages, Aboriginal people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, LGBTIQA+ people, and people living in rural and regional Victoria. 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 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.

The Victorian Government’s Women on Boards commitment has been in effect since 2015 and is ensuring that all public boards have no less than 50 per cent women.

Reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process can be provided upon request. 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, or email Jasmine Morrissey on jasmine.morrissey@education.vic.gov.au.

What you need to apply

All applications must be submitted online via www.boards.vic.gov.au and include:

  • a current curriculum vitae
  • completed Hearing Panel Pool expression of interest form (attached to this advertisement in the application pack)


Enquiries about the VIT Hearing Panel Pools can be directed to Mr Geoff Coates, Manager, Governance, Victorian Institute of Teaching by email at geoff.coates@vit.vic.edu.au.

Enquiries about the application process can be directed to Jasmine Morrissey, Policy and Projects, Schools Human Resources Division, Department of Education by email: jasmine.morrissey@education.vic.gov.au.

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