Board directors of public entities are chosen for their capabilities and capacity to perform their duties effectively. The role is one of strategy and governance.
Fundamentally, the board of a public entity needs to comprise directors who collectively possess the capabilities that are required – given the particular circumstances of each public entity – to effectively govern that public entity.
The government seeks to increase the representation of women and indigenous Victorians at board level. This ensures the services the public entity provides responds to and reflects Victoria’s culturally diverse community.
The government policy also seeks to give young Victorians a real voice in government. The Office of Women’s Policy has established a Diversity Register of people interested in participating on a board. See also the Victorian Public Board Appointments.
Ministers are responsible for the majority of appointments to public entity boards within their portfolios.
The role of executive directors and directors is one that must add value to a public entity board.
A welcome letter and an induction plan are among the first items a director receives upon his appointment to the board.
Directors must declare a conflict of interest to avoid the possibility of tainting the reputation of a public entity board.