Department of Health

We hold an annual appointment round for part-time board positions in:

  • public health services (including Ambulance Victoria, HealthShare Victoria and Forensicare) and
  • public hospitals (including multi-purpose services and early parenting centres).

These positions provide an exciting opportunity for members of the Victorian public with relevant experience and qualifications. It enables them to contribute to the strategic leadership of public health care delivery to the community.

Current positions

Applications for the 2023 round have now closed, with the 2024 board appointment round expected to commence in the last quarter of 2023. Casual appointments are advertised throughout the year as they arise.

All potential board directors (and those seeking reappointment) - apply online via the Join a public board websiteExternal Link .

For the complete list of public health services and public hospitals visit the following page Public hospitals in VictoriaExternal Link .

Requirements of applicants

Applicants must be able to demonstrate and provide evidence in support of their nominated capabilities.

Being able to demonstrate strong working relationships and an ability to achieve through collaboration and partnerships, particularly in the Victorian health sector, will be highly valued.

We are committed to ensuring boards and committees reflect the rich diversity of Victorian community.

Applications are particularly encouraged from:

  • women
  • a mixture of age groups
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  • people with disability
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • those who identify with the LGBTIQ+ community.

Board Director Capability Framework

We have developed the Board Director Capability Framework (see below)he framework) to enable a more consistent approach in defining capabilities for health service boards. Capabilities have three different levels of proficiency – foundational, proficient, and advanced. The framework provides more information on the capabilities:

Directors appointed to a board are preferred to be proficient in the primary capabilities they nominate. They are also expected to attain the foundation level on all remaining capabilities within their first year after appointment.

Please note that for HealthShare Victoria and Forensicare, additional capabilities are listed in the relevant position description.

Eligibility requirements

Employees of Victorian Government departments, statutory authorities (including public health services, public hospitals and multi-purpose services) and other entities (but excluding local government) are classified as employees of the Victorian Public Service.

Please note that health board directors are not classified as employees.

The eligibility requirements are underpinned by the principle of supporting a culture of integrity and actively managing conflict of interest.

To avoid real, potential and/or perceived conflicts of interest the following criteria apply to applicants who are Victorian Public Sector employees:

  • Current employees or contractors of the Department of Health (including an employee on secondment to the department) are not eligible for these board appointments.
  • Current employees of a public health service (including Ambulance Victoria, Forensicare and HealthShare Victoria), public hospital, multi-purpose service or early parenting centre are not eligible for appointment to the board of that health service.
    • They are however eligible for appointment to the board of another health service (subject to employer approval), unless that health service has announced plans to explore an amalgamation with their employing health service.
  • Former employees of a public health service (including Ambulance Victoria, Forensicare and HealthShare Victoria), public hospital, multi purpose service or early parenting centre are eligible for appointment to the board of that health service if their employment ended more than 18 months before the closing date for applications.


As the position will require applicants to attend health facilities, compliance with current and future requirements in relation to COVID-19 vaccination is a mandatory pre-requisite for appointment to the Board.

Applicants will be asked to confirm that they:

  1. Comply with all current requirements in relation to COVID-19 vaccination and will, if invited to interview/considered for appointment, provide supporting evidence; and
  2. If appointed, undertake to take all reasonable steps to remain compliant with all requirements in relation to COVID-19 vaccination (for example, undergoing booster vaccination), should such requirements change during the term of your appointment.

Reviewed 20 February 2023


Contact details

Health Service Governance Unit Department of Health

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