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Patient Review Panel-Deputy Chairperson

Patient Review Panel | Community service

Posted on 03 March 2023
Closed on 22 March 2023


Sessional, 2-3 years
Monthly, All day meetings
Melbourne CBD, online or another location
Sessional rates

About the board

The Minister for Health, the Hon. Mary-Anne Thomas MP, is pleased to invite applications for appointment as deputy chairperson of the Patient Review Panel (the panel).

The panel is an independent tribunal established under the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 (the ART Act). The panel determines complex and sensitive applications for assisted reproductive treatment.

This includes applications for:

  • surrogacy arrangements
  • posthumous use of gametes and embryos
  • treatment where a registered ART provider or doctor is concerned about the risk of abuse or neglect of a child that may be born as a result of the treatment
  • treatment where the applicant does not meet the criteria for treatment set out in section 10(2) of the ART Act
  • applications for extended storage periods of gametes and embryos and removal of embryos from storage.

The panel currently has 13 members, including the chairperson and 3 deputy chairpersons.

About the role

Panel deputy chairpersons are appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister for Health for a period of not more than 3 years.

A deputy chairperson of the panel plays a key role in supporting the chairperson and may, at times, be called upon for appointment to the role of acting chairperson in circumstances where the chairperson is unavailable or otherwise unable to complete their duties.

As a minimum, a deputy chairperson could expect to spend between 7-11 hours bi-monthly carrying out the role. However, the workload can vary, and it is preferable that a deputy chairperson has some flexibility to manage the workload associated with the role.

Who we're looking for

It is beneficial but not necessary for the deputy chairperson to have experience in attending or conducting hearings of a statutory panel or tribunal.

The deputy chairperson may also have skills, expertise and experience in one or more other areas relevant to the functions of the panel as identified in the deputy chairperson’s position description.

You can find the key selection criteria for this role in the deputy chairperson’s position description.

In addressing the key selection criteria, you are encouraged to detail your lived experience, professional experience, and other demonstrable skillsets and knowledge.

An individual should hold no more than 3 positions on Victorian government boards at any one time. Where an individual is already a member of 2 government boards, a consideration in the recruitment process will be whether other suitable candidates are available.

For more information about the panel and the role, please refer to the position description.

What you need to apply

Applications must be received by midnight on Wednesday 22 March 2023.

Your application should be submitted electronically via the Join a Public Board website Link Applicants will need to register an account on the Join a Public Board website prior to applying.

Your application will need to include:

  • your curriculum vitae (CV), no longer than 5 pages
  • a cover letter, no longer than 2 pages
  • a completed questionnaire
  • a completed privacy consent form

Completing the questionnaire includes providing consent to safety screening and formal probity checks and the details of 2 referees.

For further information on how to apply, please refer to the applicant guidelines.

The collection and handling of declarations and personal information relating to your appointment will be consistent with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014.

For further information, please email Gabrielle Davis, Manager Assisted Reproductive Treatment Regulation and Reform at

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that government boards and committees reflect the rich diversity of the Victorian community, and equal representation of women on government boards. Women now make up more than 50 per cent of new appointments to paid boards.

We strongly encourage applications from people of all ages, including women, Aboriginal people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people from rural and regional Victoria, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender diverse, intersex and queer people. Reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process can be provided upon request.

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