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VCAT - External Advisor - OHSW

VCAT | Public administration

Posted on 16 December 2022
Closed on 20 January 2023


Sessional, More than 3 years
Quarterly, Not specified
Melbourne - CBD
Sessional rates

About the board

VCAT serves the community by resolving civil and administrative disputes and makes 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.

The Tribunal has its own internal governance mechanisms that support its statutory office holders (principally, the President, CEO and Principal Registrar) in discharging their responsibilities for managing the business of the tribunal in accordance with relevant legislative requirements and best practice.

In August 2022, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) established an Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee to assist VCAT in effective strategic hazard and risk mitigation processes, to implement appropriate control measures and review and monitor the effectiveness of established health and safety controls.

The OHSW Committee supports the President and the CEO in discharging their responsibilities by overseeing, providing assurance, and advising on VCAT's OHS obligations and duties to achieve best practice outcomes. The OHSW Committee is a critical element in VCAT's internal governance.

For more information about VCAT please visit VCAT's website.External Link

About the role


  • Quarterly meetings
  • Melbourne CBD and virtually
  • Sessional rates

VCAT welcomes applications in response to our Expression of Interest (EOI) which consists of one position. The successful applicant will be appointed by the Chief Executive Officer in consultation with the Executive Director, People Culture and Wellbeing.

The successful appointee will be required to attend quarterly meetings, contribute to discussions and provide specialist advice to the committee in relation to health, safety and wellbeing matters with a focus on mental health and wellbeing.

All committee members are required to follow agreed processes and reasonable directions given by the Chair and CEO.

Behaviours expected of all committee member include including:

• Contribute to respectful and constructive discussions and debate.

• Act thoughtfully, decisively, fairly, ethically, and objectively, and otherwise demonstrate leadership in line with the Tribunal’s values.

• Have regard to the interests of all stakeholders of the Tribunal.

• Consult and collaborate with colleagues on matters, with the exception of matters deemed confidential or designated confidential, and

• Read and properly consider the materials distributed in preparation for each meeting

Members are eligible to be paid in accordance with the government’s Appointment and Remuneration GuidelinesExternal Link (the Guidelines) available on the Department of Premier and Cabinet website Link

The Guidelines set a remuneration scale linked to the size and turnover of statutory bodies. This appointment falls under Schedule C: Group C organisations.

Who we're looking for

VCAT are looking for an external advisor who is an Organisational Psychologist, experienced Workplace Wellbeing specialist or applicant with closely related capabilities or experience in this field.

Applicants will be evaluated against the following criteria:

Essential criteria

• Organisational Psychologist or Workplace Wellbeing Specialist or similar expertise

• Current or previous experience in government or similar committee / board;

• Highly developed verbal communication skills; and

• Well-developed interpretative and analytical skills.

Desirable criteria

• Relevant understanding and appreciation of the state government environment

What you need to apply

To apply for a board role, you will first need to create an account with Join a public boardExternal Link . You can then follow the online applications process to apply to join a public board which best aligns with your interests, skills and expertise.

Expressions of Interest should clearly outline your qualifications and experience in your particular field (no more than 2 pages) and also include the following documentation:

  • Completed nomination form;
  • Current curriculum vitae; and
  • Referees (names and contact phone numbers of at least two professional referees that can attest to the experience and expertise of the nominee).

VCAT is committed to ensuring that its boards and committees reflect the diversity of the Victorian community. We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of all ages, women, people with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

Reasonable adjustments are available throughout the recruitment process upon request.

Applications close 5:00pm Friday 20/01/2023.

For all enquiries regarding the appointment process or for further support, please contact Cheryl Woollard on 0418 214 765 or email

Please note, VCAT committee members have a statutory requirement to manage appropriately any conflicts of interest that may arise during the course of their appointment.

The proposed appointee may be required to undertake satisfactory probity checks including:

• Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Checks

• Declarations of Private Interest

• Statutory Declarations

• Proof of COVID Vaccination.

Contact us

Cheryl Woollard Executive Director People Culture and Wellbeing, VCAT

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