Department of Health

Applying for board director positions

The Department of Health holds an annual appointment round for part-time board positions of public health services and public hospitals. Applications for the 2022 round have now closed, with the 2023 board appointment round expected to commence in the last quarter of 2022. 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 website.

Directors are appointed to the boards of public hospitals (including early parenting centres and multi purpose services) and public health service boards (including Ambulance Victoria and HealthShare Victoria).

  • Public health services include Victoria’s major metropolitan and regional health services such as Austin Health, Monash Health, Goulburn Valley Health and Latrobe Regional Hospital.
  • Public hospitals include Victoria’s regional and rural hospitals, such as Casterton Memorial Hospital, Beaufort and Skipton Health Service and South Gippsland Hospital, multi purpose services, such as Alpine Health and Mallee Track Health and Community Service, and metropolitan early parenting centres, The Queen Elizabeth Centre and Tweddle Child and Family Health Service.

Safe and high quality healthcare for all Victorians is a priority of the Victorian Government. A key priority of the Victorian Government to facilitate this is collaboration, through the recently established Health Service Partnerships.

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

Applicants must be able to: 

  • demonstrate and provide evidence in support of nominated skills; and
  • have a demonstrated history of achievement through collaboration and partnering. 

Being able to demonstrate strong working relationships, particularly in the Victorian health sector, will be highly valued.

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring boards and committees broadly reflect the diversity of Victorian communities. Applications are welcomed from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of all ages, people with disabilities, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse and intersex people.

Board Director Skills Capability Framework

The department has developed the Board Director Skills Capability Framework (the framework) to enable measurement of capability against each of the 13 skills that the department has determined are necessary for the effective functioning of health service boards. The framework defines the capabilities required for health service boards. Each specialist skill category has three different levels of capability ranging from foundational, proficient and advanced. 

Directors appointed to a board are assumed to be proficient in the skills that they have nominated as primary and are expected to attain the foundation capability level on all remaining non-assessed skills (with the exception of registered clinician) within their first year after appointment. 

For further information refer to the downloads section. 

Please note the framework does not apply to HealthShare Victoria.

Eligibility requirements 

To avoid real, potential and/or perceived conflicts of interest the Minister has expanded the eligibility requirements as a board director: 

  • A current employee or contractor of the Department of Health (including an employee on secondment to the department) is not eligible to be appointed to the board of a public health service (including Ambulance Victoria and HealthShare Victoria), public hospital, multi purpose service or early parenting centre.
  • Current employees of a public health service (including Ambulance Victoria and HealthShare Victoria), public hospital, multi purpose service or early parenting centre are not eligible for appointment to that public health entity but are eligible for appointment to another public health entity, unless that entity has announced plans to explore an amalgamation with their employing entity. 
  • Former employees of a public health service (including Ambulance Victoria and HealthShare Victoria), public hospital, multi purpose service or early parenting centre are not eligible for appointment to that public health entity if their employment ended less than 18 months prior to the closing date for applications.

Applicants will be required to make declarations as part of the application process, and to inform the department if there is a change to their employment circumstances subsequent to lodging their application.

As the position will require applicants to attend health facilities, compliance with current and future legal requirements in relation to COVID-19 vaccination is a mandatory pre-requisite for appointment to the Board.  Public health directions presently require vaccination against COVID-19 (or evidence of valid medical exemption), in order to enter a health facility and for most workers leaving home to attend a work premises. 

Applicants will be asked to confirm that they: 

  1. comply with all current legal 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 legal requirements in relation to COVID-19 vaccination (for example, undergoing booster vaccination), should such legal requirements change during the term of your appointment.

Reviewed 03 December 2021


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Health Service Governance Unit Department of Health

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