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VCAT Deputy President - Planning and Environment Division

VCAT | Public administration

Posted on 30 August 2023
Closed on 06 September 2023


Full-time, More than 3 years
Not specified, Not specified
Melbourne CBD, online or another location
Salary not specified

About the board

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) is a tribunal that provides fair, efficient and affordable justice for the Victorian community.

VCAT serves the community by resolving civil and administrative disputes and making decisions in human rights and guardianship cases. VCAT services a diverse range of Victorian disputes, from residential tenancy matters to complex building and property and human rights matters, which have a deep reach into the Victorian community and a direct impact on the economy, in particular, in planning, property, health and small business.

About the role

VCAT is seeking expressions of interest for the full-time role of Deputy President (DP) of its Planning and Environment Division (PED). We are looking for an individual with an appetite for reform, a strong commitment to access to justice and excellence in service delivery with excellent organisational, communication and leadership skills.

The DP will be tasked with stewardship of a multi-disciplinary group of expert Members sitting within PED. The DP will work collaboratively with the Head of Division, Head and Deputy Head of List, administration and registry of the Tribunal.

The position is expected to manage and oversee:

  • Workflow priorities in the Division
  • Service delivery reform
  • Input in law reform proposals (substantive and administrative) received and generated by the Tribunal
  • Mentoring and support for members
  • Professional development
  • Hear matters across the Planning Division and produce oral and written decisions

Who we're looking for

Expression of interest from suitably qualified candidates is sought with demonstrated legal experience in planning, environment and land valuation expertise.

In addition, legal practitioners across the private, government and community sectors with significant knowledge and expertise in the jurisdictions exercised by VCAT are eligible to apply.

To be considered for this position, you must have:

  • Extensive experience in practice post admission preferably in planning, environment, land valuation and compensation expertise.
  • Systems and change management experience.
  • Bachelor of Laws or post graduate degree in law.

Applicants should demonstrate a high level of integrity, sound judgment, transferable skills applicable to conducting hearings and capability to make fair decisions. Regional travel may be required.

VCAT encourages applications from candidates across all diversity and priority areas, including applications from regional areas.

The yearly non-sessional Deputy President’s salary is $379,931 (inclusive of superannuation).

Applicants must also be aware of and sensitive to, the diversity of backgrounds and life experiences of VCAT users, with a demonstrated capability to communicate effectively and courteously. Effective use of technology and confident presentation skills are essential. Mediation skills will be highly regarded.

What you need to apply

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.

All expressions of interest are treated confidentially and may be drawn upon on an ongoing basis as vacancies arise. An independent panel will assess all applications and will interview a short-list of candidates.

All expressions of interest must be received by 11:59 on Wednesday 6 September 2023.

If you have any queries, please contact Pronoma Mukherjee, HR Business Partner for Member, Email:, M: 0476 758 932.

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