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2021 LIV Council Elections

Nominations are now closed for the 2021 LIV Council Elections

Voting opens on Monday 25 October 2021.

You can make a contribution to the future of the legal profession and its members by standing for election to the Law Institute of Victoria Council.
 
Your LIV Council is designed to be representative of you as members and is democratically elected by you as members.
 
Elections are held annually for the Law Institute of Victoria Council (“Council”). Elections are conducted in accordance with the Constitution and the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

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.

Nominating for Election 

Nominations for the 2021 Council Elections open on Wednesday 15 September and close at 5pm on Wednesday 6 October 2021.
 
The nomination form has been drafted in accordance with the Constitution and nominations are now closed.
 

Nominations Deadline

Nominations for the LIV Council must be received by the close of business at 5pm on Wednesday 6 October 2021, and can be sent by email to secretariat@liv.asn.au

Eligibility 

To be eligible to nominate in the election a candidate must be a financial member of the Company and hold a current Australian Practising Certificate. Similarly, only practising full members are entitled to vote in the elections.
 
All nominees are required to acknowledge by declaration that they are fit and proper persons, not disqualified from being a director and a full member of the LIV.
 
Successful nominees are declared elected as directors at the Annual General Meeting, which is held on the third Wednesday in November.

Vacancies on the 2022 Council

Eight (8) vacancies exist for members holding a current PC to be elected to the LIV Council. Of these, six (6) vacancies carry three-year terms, and two (2) vacancies carry two-year terms.
 
Included in the total eight vacancies, we are seeking to fill three (3) entrenched category positions, one in each of:
  • Suburban Legal Practitioner (cl. 1.1(35))
    “Suburban Legal Practitioner" means an Australian Legal Practitioner whose Principal Place of Practice is situated within the Suburban Area
  • Government Legal Practitioner (cl.1.1(23))
    “Government Legal Practitioner” means a Government Lawyer who is an Australian Legal Practitioner.  A "Government Lawyer" means a person who engages in legal practice only as an officer or employee of a government authority or as the holder of a statutory office of the Commonwealth or of a jurisdiction; or in another category specified in the Legal Profession Uniform General Rules 2015
  • “Legal Assistance Sector Practitioner" (cl.1.1(26)
    “Legal Assistance Sector Practitioner” means an Australian Legal Practitioner whose principal practice is as an employee of:
    a. Victoria Legal Aid; or
    b. a community legal centre; or
    c. a not-for-profit organisation that provides, arranges, or facilitates the provision of legal services to persons or organisations that:
         i. lack the financial means to obtain privately funded legal services; or
         ii. have a special need arising from their location or the nature of the legal work undertaken; or
         iii. have a significant physical or social disability

Elections and Voting

Elections are conducted via a secure online ballot (e-elections). The voting opens on Monday 25 October and closes at 5pm on Wednesday 10 November 2021.

How to Vote

Eligible members may cast their vote in the Council Elections online by accessing the LIV Councill Election and Annual General Meeting portal. Login details will be issued by direct email to eligible voting members on Monday 25 October 2021.
 
Only full practising members are entitled to vote in the elections.

Election Supervision and Administration

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.

Election Results

The election results will be announced at the LIV 2021 Annual General Meeting to be held at 6pm, Wednesday 17 November 2021.

Composition of Council 

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.

Rotation of Council Members

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.

Director Position Description

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. 

The Director Position Description will assist potential candidates to understand the role and obligations of being an LIV Director.

Download the Director Position Description (PDF)

Contact

Please contact the Company Secretary on 03 9607 9513/0448 879 440 or by email at secretariat@liv.asn.au 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 (secretariat@liv.asn.au) 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 secretariat@liv.asn.au 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