Applications open for new EPA Victoria board
Expressions of interest are open for the new Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Governing Board, as the Andrews Labor Government gets on with major reforms that will improve Victoria’s environment and protect the community.
The Governing Board will lead EPA Victoria through the transition to new governance arrangements and implement the Labor Government’s response to the ‘Independent Inquiry into the EPA’.
The EPA is seeking high calibre applicants with skills, knowledge or experience in a variety of key areas – including science or engineering, health, environment protection or regulation, regulation of industry, community engagement and local government.
The Labor Government is ensuring boards represent the diversity of our communities, with young people, women, Indigenous Australians, people with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and LGBTI people all encouraged to apply.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio says, “I look forward to being a part of the process to select a new, strengthened Environment Protection Authority Governance Board – one that encompasses knowledge and skills from a diverse range of backgrounds.”
The role and duties of the board of a public entity include:
- risk management
- compliance with various legislative requirement, including section 81 of the Public Administration Act 2004
- acting as an employer, if so empowered, and fulfilling all employer obligations; and
- fulfilling other responsibilities, including: record keeping, occupational health and safety, taxation and superannuation obligations, insurance coverage, and obtaining appropriate external professional advice when required.
The start of the appointment process follows the passage of the Environment Protection Act 2017 in October – the first of two pieces of legislation that will overhaul the 47-year-old Environment Protection Act 1970, replacing it with modernised, fit-for-purpose legislation.
“The reforms that come out of the Environment Protection Act 2017 will help build a stronger, modern EPA to better protect Victoria’s environment and our community,” D’Ambrosio says.
The Labor Government has invested $162.5 million over five years in reforms to environment protection, including $3.1 million for reforms to EPA governance to ensure its independence and accountability.
Applications will be open until 20 November, for a 1 July 2018 commencement. Interested candidates can apply at getonboard.vic.gov.au.
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