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2020 LIV Council Elections

LIV Council Elections

You can make a contribution to the future of the legal profession and its members by voting in the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Council Elections.

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).

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

  • Wednesday 16 September 2020: LIV Council Election nominations open.
  • 5pm, Wednesday 7 October 2020: LIV Council Election nominations close.
  • Monday 26 October 2020: Notice of Annual General Meeting.
  • Monday 26 October 2020: Ballot papers dispatched.
  • 5pm, Wednesday 11 November 2020: Closing of the ballot.
  • 6pm, Monday 16 November 2020: Receipt of proxies.
  • 6pm, Wednesday 18 November 2020: Annual General Meeting.

Seven 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 one (1) vacancy carries a one year term. 

Of the seven vacancies, we are seeking to fill three entrenched category positions, which are:

  • Corporate Legal Practitioner Category – One vacancy – an Australian Legal Practitioner who engages in legal practice only in the capacity of an in-house lawyer for his or her employer or a related entity but does not include a government legal practitioner. 
  • Government Legal Practitioner – One vacancy – a Government Lawyer who is an Australian Legal Practitioner (See Cl1.1(22) for definition of Government Lawyer)
  • Law Firms Australia Principal – One vacancy – an Australian Legal Practitioner who is a partner of or a legal practitioner director employed by a law practice that is a member of Law Firms Australia Limited and whose principal place of practice is within Victoria


Nominations for the 2020 Council Elections open at 9.00am on Wednesday 16 September and close at 5pm on Wednesday 7 October 2020. The nomination form has been drafted in accordance with the Constitution and nominations are now open.

Download the Nomination Form (interactive PDF)

Please refer to the FAQ at the bottom of this page if you have difficulty completing the form digitally.

Nominations Deadline

Nominations for the LIV Council must be received by the close of business at 5pm on Wednesday 7 October, 2020 and can be sent by email to or


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. 

Successful nominees are declared elected as directors at the Annual General Meeting, which is held on the third Wednesday in November.

LIV 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.

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 2020. 

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. 

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)

Elections and Voting

Elections are conducted via a secure online ballot (e-elections). The voting opens on Monday 26 October and closes at 5pm on Wednesday 11 November 2020.

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): Katie Miller, Bill O’Shea and Steven Sapountsis.

Electronic Voting Process

  • Members' identifiable information is separated from their vote prior to the LIV counting preferences. It is not possible to match the member details to the vote.
  • The LIV's role is to: provide a secret electronic ballot, to ensure that the processes undertaken are accurate and the results are accurate
    • respect voter privacy
    • provide members with an electronic system which is convenient and easy to use.
    • Election vote only information is stored in the secure database until the deadline for voting closes.
    • At this stage the Returning Officers (authorised personnel) will unlock the vote only data to reveal the results.


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.
    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 7 2020.
  • When do nominations open and close?

    Nominations are open from 9am on Wednesday 16 September 2020 and close at 5pm on Wednesday 7 October 2020.

  • When are election results determined?

    Members will be notified of the election results at the LIV Annual General Meeting to be held at 6.00pm on Wednesday 18 November 2020.