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Vacancies on Boards & Committees

External Appointments Criteria

Expressions of interest for all positions on External Bodies will be considered against the following general selection criteria, which may be supplemented with additional criteria according to the external bodies’ specific requirements and whether these criteria are essential or desirable:

  1. Membership of the Law Institute of Victoria will almost always be a pre-requisite;
  2. A record of involvement in advancing the legal profession other than day to day practice. In most circumstances, this will be demonstrated through an involvement with and advancement of the Law Institute of Victoria and/or its committees;
  3. The need to achieve diverse representation of LIV members appointed to external Boards and Bodies. Consideration will be given to ensuring that the members reflect a broad range of backgrounds, insights and approaches;
  4. Candidates possess the capacities and experience to fulfil the required role, preferably including an understanding of contemporary governance practices;
  5. Availability to attend the relevant meetings and other required commitments.

*Where relevant, criteria 2 and 4 are given double the weight of other criteria.


To the extent practicable, vacancies to be filled should be advertised widely though LIV member channels. The Company Secretary will determine if a different approach should be adopted, based in on the specific requirements of filling a vacancy. A statement of criteria for the particular position should be developed and interested candidates invited to obtain a copy of the criteria to be addressed in their application.

Acknowledging the value of experience and the need for continuity, incumbents who are eligible and willing to seek reappointment to positions may reapply.

The Board reserves the right not to appoint or nominate a person for a position where it considers that none of the nominees meets the selection criteria.

Reporting Back

For those appointed to an external body that holds key strategic significance for the LIV (key stakeholder), it is required that this appointee report back on his/her observations, and agenda items to the LIV Board at least annually, and/or if an item of significant concern arises, to report back to the LIV Board as soon as practicable for actioning through the LIV Company Secretary.


Annual Elections & Casual Vacancies - LIV Director Positions

Elections are held annually by the Law Institute throughout October and November. The Council may also occasionally need to appoint a director to fill a casual vacancy.

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)


Please contact the Company Secretariat on 03 9607 9513 or by email at with any queries.