Local recruitment: Director, Victorian Water Corporation Board

Victorian Water Corporation

Victoria, Australia 🇦🇺


Sessional, 2 – 4 years

As required, Not specified

Vic – various

$17,941 – $101,826

About the board

The Victorian water sector is leading in:

  • Climate Action and Emissions Reduction: Victoria’s water corporations will be some of the first in the world to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2035 – and they will do so largely through direct action rather than carbon offsetting. Even better, they will be on 100% renewable energy sources by 2025 and have in place climate change adaptation action plans.
  • Traditional Owner Self-determination: The Victorian Government is committed to Aboriginal self-determination and will commence formal treaty negotiations in 2023. Water is Life: Traditional Owner Access to Water Roadmap establishes a pathway to increasing Traditional Owner self-determination and decision-making in water management.
  • Gender Equality: 57% of directors of water corporation boards are women.

The Victorian Government is committed to increasing diversity on water sector boards to encourage new ideas and reflect the rich diversity of the Victorian community.
Victoria’s water corporations provide bulk water, urban water, sewerage, rural water and drainage services to customers within their defined geographical service area. Each water corporation board has a maximum of eight directors including the Chairperson, plus the Managing Director of the water corporation who is appointed by the board.
An overview of the Victorian water sector can be found at Victorian Water Corporations

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the Victorian water sector, with approximately 74 board director positions including 11 Chairperson positions available on 1 October 2023 on water corporations located across Victoria.
Each water corporation board is responsible for the strategic planning of the corporation; the management of the affairs of the corporation; and may exercise the powers of the corporation. This includes:

  • providing strategic direction and setting performance targets for the corporation;
  • appointing and overseeing the performance of the managing director;
  • establishing and monitoring accountability, compliance and risk management policies and procedures;
  • ensuring compliance with legislation and government policy;
  • reviewing reports on the operations of the water corporation;
  • submitting the annual report to the Minister;
  • liaising with DEECA and the Minister through the Chair;
  • establishing board processes such as meeting procedures and the management of conflicts of interest; and
  • establishing and monitoring delegations and committees

Boards generally meet 11 times a year, however additional meetings and out-of-session discussions are expected. Board committees are formed for specific topics, such as risk, audit and remuneration. Board directors may need to contribute additional time to board committees, for which they are eligible for additional remuneration under government guidelines. A board director can usually expect to be a member of at least one committee of the Board.

Who we’re looking for

Water corporation boards require directors with experience and qualifications that are relevant to the operation of the water corporation. This includes expertise in:

  • the water industry (or other service utility),
  • Aboriginal cultural values and uses of waterways,
  • corporate finance or economics,
  • commercial business,
  • community engagement,
  • corporate governance or law,
  • land and water management,
  • climate change,
  • strategy and business management,
  • infrastructure and project management,
  • risk and audit, and
  • science or engineering.

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that government boards and committees reflect the rich diversity of the Victorian community. We encourage applications from people of all ages, women, Aboriginal Victorians, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, from lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender diverse intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people, and from people living in rural and regional Victoria. Please note that current directors of water corporation boards are able to reapply through this EOI process.

What you need to apply

The standard process requires applicants to register an account on the Join a Public Board website prior to applying online.

When you apply for a board position, you will be asked to enter your personal details before moving on to a questionnaire. In the questionnaire, you will have the opportunity to outline your relevant qualifications and experience. Applicants must upload a current curriculum vitae with their application.

Applications close 11.59 p.m. Monday 27 March 2023.

For further enquiries or for assistance with accessing documents please contact the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action at water.governance@delwp.vic.gov.au or phone the Customer Contact Centre on 136 186 or through the National Relay Service



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