Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare) - Board Directors

Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health | Health service


Role length:
Part-time, 2-3 years
Monthly, Half day meetings
Melbourne - CBD
$10,000 - $19,999

About the board

The Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health, known as Forensicare, is the state-wide provider of specialist forensic mental health services in Victoria. Forensicare is a statutory body established in 1998, with functions and responsibilities set out in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Act 2022 as well as obligations under the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997.

Forensicare delivers a range of forensic mental health services based on a recovery-oriented mental health framework for people living with mental illness. Services are tailored to different stages of recovery and range from assessment, early intervention and prevention, inpatient care, rehabilitation, and community transition support. Forensicare's primary consumers are individuals with a mental illness at risk of, or involved in, the criminal justice system; and individuals who have carried out a criminal offence but who have been found not guilty, or unfit to be tried, under the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997.

The functions of the Forensicare board include: developing statements of priorities and strategic plans for the operation of the public health service; monitoring compliance; overseeing financial and business plans, strategies and budgets to ensure the accountable and efficient provision of health care; and the long term viability of the public health service.

The Board is accountable to the Minister for Mental Health for the delivery of services that are high quality, safe and cost effective.

About the role

The Minister for Mental Health is pleased to invite applications for a Forensicare board director. The position starts on 1 July 2024 and the appointment would be for a period of up to three years. 

This position is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the health and wellbeing of Victorians. The successful applicant is selected for their capabilities, including personal and professional attributes, experience, knowledge, and skills that contribute to the strategic leadership and oversight of health care for the Victorian community.

Directors are required to attend a monthly board meeting of approximately 3-4 hours duration. Board meetings are on the first Wednesday of each month, from 1.30-5.00pm. Directors will also be required to participate in at least two board committees, and be available for other events requiring board representation. Please refer to the position description for further information, including remuneration.

The role of the board includes:

  • working in a cooperative way to acquit the collective responsibilities of the Board
  • setting the vision and strategy, in line with government priorities
  • having ultimate accountability for the delivery of safe and quality care, including cultural safety and freedom from discrimination, harassment and bullying
  • oversight of the performance and delivery of key policy priorities
  • supporting the Chief Executive Officer and their direct reports to lead and manage the work of the organisation
  • ensuring the ongoing financial viability of the organisation recruitment and monitoring of the Chief Executive Officer.

Who we're looking for

Forensicare has an established, diverse and well functioning board. While the Forensicare board selection is based on capabilities, the board is more effective when these capabilities also represent the richness of the diverse voices of Victorian communities.

People of all ages, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, people of all abilities, people from multicultural diverse backgrounds, people who identify with LGBTIQA+ communities are encouraged to apply.

The key capabilities Forensicare are looking for are:

  • Law
  • Corporate governance  
  • Strategic leadership

Desirable capabilities

  • ICT strategy and governance
  • Audit and risk management

All applications will be considered. Please refer to the Position Description and Board Director Capability Framework for more details available at

What you need to apply

Applicants should read the How to apply document before starting your application which is attached to this job.

The department welcomes the opportunity to discuss reasonable adjustments or support that can be provided throughout the recruitment process and/or post appointment. A discussion can be arranged by contacting

Applicants applying for a board position for the first time will be required to create an account on the Join a Public Board website ( prior to applying online. Applicants who have previously applied through the Join a Public Board website will already have an account. If you have forgotten your password, the Join a Public Board website allows you to request this information.

Applications close at Midnight Sunday 25 February 2024.

For all enquiries regarding the appointment process, please contact