Deputy Chair, Post Sentence Authority | Melbourne - CBD

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Posted on 16-Apr-2019
Application Close Date: 10-May-2019
Melbourne - CBD
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The Victorian Post Sentence Authority (the Authority) commenced operation in February 2018 as an independent statutory body focused on providing thorough and proactive oversight of offenders subject to the post sentence scheme. Pursuant to the Serious Offenders Act 2018, the scheme allows for the ongoing detention and supervision of serious sex offenders and serious violent offenders who still pose an unacceptable risk to the community after finishing their prison sentence.

The Authority is made up of ten board members: Chair, Deputy Chair, three full-time members and five sessional members. The Authority sits within the portfolio of the Minister for Corrections.

About the role

The key purpose of the Deputy Chair position is to preside over meetings of and participate in the deliberations of the Authority. The Deputy Chair also has a significant role in supporting the Chair to lead the Authority.

The Deputy Chair will bring a high level of knowledge and technical skill in the area of criminal law, to ensure decisions of the Authority are of a high quality, consistent and clearly articulated. The Deputy Chair will demonstrate a commitment to fairness as well as promote the perception of fairness, tolerance and a sensitivity to difference and particular needs.

Desired qualities and qualifications

Candidates must be current or retired judicial officers, or legal practitioners with more than 10 years' experience. Candidates should also possess:

  • a personal commitment to public service and a strong interest in the role of the Authority in providing independent and rigorous oversight of the civil post sentence scheme
  • extensive experience in criminal law and in the criminal justice and corrections systems
  • integrity and resilience, and a good reputation in the legal community
  • broad awareness of diversity, cultural, gender, disability and mental health issues.

For further information or to submit an application, please contact Dr Sean Davies, Partner, Cordiner King, on (03) 9617 7223 or

Applications close on Friday 10 May 2019.

Aboriginal community members and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.