Non-Judicial Board Member, Judicial Commission of Victoria

Judicial Commission | Public administration

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Applications close 23 June 2024


Role length:
Sessional, Up to 5 years
Monthly, Not specified
Melbourne CBD, online or another location
Sessional rates

About the board

The Victorian Government seeks to appoint a non-judicial board member to the Judicial Commission of Victoria (the Commission).

The Commission is an independent body established under the Constitution Act 1975 to investigate complaints about the conduct or capacity of judicial officers and members of VCAT.

The purpose of the process provided by the Commission is to help guard against any erosion in public confidence in the Victorian courts and VCAT and ensure the high standard of conduct the Victorian public expects of its judiciary is maintained.

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About the role

The governing body of the Commission is the Board of the Commission (the Board). The Board is responsible for performing the functions of the Commission and exercising the powers of the Commission and is chaired by the Chief Justice of Victoria.

The Board consists of four appointed (non-judicial) members and six judicial members - each head of jurisdiction of the Victorian courts and VCAT.  Appointed members must be of high standing in the community and are appointed for a period not exceeding 5 years or if reappointed, no longer than 10 years.

An appointed member will bring a high level of knowledge of relevant practices, policies and guidelines to the Board’s deliberations, ensuring quality and consistency of decision-making, and that the Board’s decisions are clearly articulated.

The Board of the Commission meets monthly usually in person in Melbourne.

The Commission is established as a B1 group, remuneration is paid as per the Appointment and Remuneration guidelines.

Who we're looking for

The appointed board members play a critical role within the Commission and bring a non-judicial perspective to decision making, and apply contemporary community standards.

As our ideal candidate you will have:

  • An understanding of the judicial system and an interest in the role and functions of the Commission.
  • Demonstrated ability to confidently deal with legal analysis and use analytical and conceptual skills to reason through problems.
  • Proven ability to make informed, sound, fair, and high-quality decisions.
  • 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.

Eligibility Criteria

While no formal qualifications are required, appointed board members must have a demonstrated record of achievement in their chosen profession and must be of high standing in the community.

All applications must meet the eligibility criteria outlined in section 87AAO(2) of The Constitution Act 1975, being;

(2)  A person of high standing in the community, other than a person— 

(a) who is, or has been a judicial officer, non-judicial member of VCAT or member of a prescribed tribunal; or

(b) who is, or has been a judge, associate judge, master or magistrate (by whatever name called) of an Australian court (other than a Victorian court); or

(c) who is, or has been the holder of an office equivalent to the office of judicial registrar in an Australian court; or

(d) who is, or has been an Australian legal practitioner; or

(e) who is a member of the Parliament of Victoria or the Parliament of the Commonwealth or of another State or a member of the Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory or the Northern Territory; or

(f) who is employed under Part 3 of the Public Administration Act 2004.

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 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 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’.

If you would like help understanding this document or would like to receive it in another format phone (03) 9084 9600, using the National Relay Service 133 677 if required, or email

Applicants with further enquiries may contact (03) 9084 9600 or at email

Applications close at 11:59pm on Sunday 23 June 2024.

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