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2021 LIV Council Elections

Voting for the 2021 LIV Council Election opens on Monday 25 October 2021.

The LIV Council Election will be conducted online.

Following the nomination period for the vacancies on the 2022 LIV Council, 19 nominations were received for the eight positions available.  Therefore, an election will be held accordance with the Constitution and the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), to determine these positions.

Link Market Services Limited (Link) is conducting this ballot process, which will be overseen by our Returning Officers. 
All votes submitted through this system are anonymous and the method by which members cast their vote is secure.
Eligible Full Members (financial members of the Company that hold a current Australian Practising Certificate) will receive an email from Link on the LIV’s behalf, on Monday 25 October regarding how to vote.


The voting will open on Monday 25 October and will close on Wednesday 10 November 2021 at 5pm. 


We suggest that you get to know the candidates by reading about them in the candidate profiles, before casting your vote.

Before voting, Eligible Full Members will require:

  • LIV Membership Number
  • Four-digit PIN sent by email on Monday 25 October.


If you have not received or wish to retrieve your four-digit PIN please contact Link by telephone on 1800 990 363.

Members can retrieve their LIV Membership Number here or by contacting LIV Member Services by telephone on 03 9607 9470 or by email at


To be eligible to vote you must be a full practising member. Affiliate and student members do not have voting entitlements.


Successful candidates will be declared elected as directors at the Annual General Meeting, which will be held on Wednesday 17 November at 6pm. 

View the 2021 Notice of Annual General Meeting

Key Dates

Elections are held annually for the Law Institute of Victoria Council (“Council”) and conducted in accordance with the Constitution and the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

If an election is to be held the following important dates must be adhered to:

  • Wednesday 15 September 2021: Nominations open for the LIV Council Election.
  • 5pm, Wednesday 6 October 2021: Nominations close for the LIV Council Election.
  • Monday 25 October 2021: Voting opens for the LIV Council Election.
  • 5pm, Wednesday 10 November 2021: Voting closes for the LIV Council Election.
  • 6pm, Monday 15 November 2021: Deadline for receiving proxies for the LIV 2021 Annual General Meeting.
  • 6pm, Wednesday 17 November 2021: LIV 2021 Annual General Meeting.


All facets of the elections process are supervised by three returning officers elected by the Council prior to the deadline for nominations for Council members. A Returning Officer draws the lot that determines the order of candidates on the ballot paper.
Returning Officers are (in alphabetical order): Bill O’Shea and Steven Sapountsis and Mark Woods.


So far as it is practicable, all times the Council comprises the following number of members from these categories:

  • 2 members of the Company being City Legal Practitioners
  • 2 members of the Company being Suburban Legal Practitioners
  • 2 members of the Company being Country Legal Practitioners
  • 1 member of the Company being a Corporate Legal Practitioner
  • 1 member of the Company being a Legal Assistance Sector Practitioner
  • 1 member of the Company being a Government Legal Practitioner
  • 1 member of the Company being a Law Firms Australia Principal
  • 1 member of the Company being a New Legal Practitioner
  • 7 other members of the Company who fall into any of the above 8 categories.


Council members who have completed a term of 3 years following election and any Council member filling a casual vacancy must vacate their position on Council on 31 December 2021.

A term of office for directors is generally 3 years commencing from 1 January the year following the elections/Annual General Meeting. The term is aligned to allow an equal rotation of the 18 directors over a 3-year cycle.  Directors filling casual vacancies will have a shorter term – which is dependent on the vacated term that is remaining.

Despite the requirement that there must be a certain minimum number of Council members filling the categories set out, the Council members are elected by the vote of eligible members as one electorate and do not represent the particular category that they fill and do represent the entire membership.


The LIV Council attracts extremely talented and qualified individuals with wide-ranging experience. Service on the Council provides directors with unique opportunities to give back to the profession, serve the public interest, and contribute to the governance, development, and advancement of the LIV itself.

Download the Director Position Description (PDF)


Please contact the Company Secretary on 03 9607 9513/0448 879 440 or by email at with any queries.



Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I nominate for Council?
    1. To be eligible to nominate you must be a full financial member, hold a current Australian practising certificate and agree by declaration that you are a fit and proper person and not disqualified from being a director.
    2. Access the LIV Council nomination form here.
    3. Organise two members to propose and second your nomination and co-sign the nomination form.
    4. Provide a nomination statement of no more than 150 words to support your candidacy outlining:
      - the candidate’s service to the legal profession or service to the community (or both)
      - the area of the law in which the candidate practises
      - any special interests which the candidate has, whether inside or outside the legal profession; and
      - reasons why the candidate seeks election as a Council Member and the policies the candidate will pursue if elected.
    5. Supply a high resolution, passport-style photograph/digital image for your profile (minimum 1MB file size), which can be sent separately by email.
    6. Return the completed nomination via email ( or post to the Returning Officers, Law Institute of Victoria, Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne 3000. Nomination forms must be received by 5pm Wednesday, October 6 2021.
  • Will the LIV’s governance review impact the 2021 Council elections and those successfully elected to fill vacancies on the 2022 Council?

    The LIV’s governance review is now underway. The ideas being considered for strengthening the LIV’s governance include reviewing the composition and appropriate size of the Council and the terms and tenures of Council members. Should governance reform be supported by the current Council and subsequently gain the approval of LIV members at a special general meeting in 2022, transitional arrangements may be put in place that impact members successfully elected in the 2021 Council elections.

  • When do nominations open and close?

    Nominations are open from 9am on Wednesday 15 September 2021 and close at 5pm on Wednesday 6 October 2021.

  • Can I sign the nomination form electronically?

    Yes. The Council elections nomination form is an interactive PDF, designed so that you can complete all fields digitally without having to print the form.

    Many devices open downloaded documents via web browser by default; however, in order to access full functionality you must download the PDF and view it using a PDF reader, such as Adobe Acrobat or Nuance. DO NOT complete the form via web browser, as you will be unable to apply a digital signature and we are unable to accept forms with missing fields and/or signatures that have been typed.

    If you do not have a PDF reader on your device, Adobe Acrobat Reader is free to install.

    If you are still having difficulty, please print and complete the nomination form by hand. A scan of the completed form can be emailed to or returned via post by 5pm Wednesday 6 October to:

    Returning Officers, Law Institute of Victoria
    c/o Xian Vokmer
    Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne VIC 3000