Deputy Chairperson of the Business Licensing Authority and Chairperson of the Motor Car Traders Claims Committee | Melbourne - CBD

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Posted on 18-May-2020
Application Close Date: 08-Jun-2020
Melbourne - CBD
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The Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, the Hon Marlene Kairouz MP, invites applications for the part time position (three days a week) of Deputy Chairperson of the Business Licensing Authority (BLA) and Chairperson of the Motor Car Traders Claims Committee (MCTCC).

The BLA is an independent statutory authority established under the Business Licensing Authority Act 1998. The BLA administers the licensing and registration provisions of various business licensing legislation within Victoria.

The MCTCC is established under the Motor Car Traders Act 1986 to determine compensation claims made against the Motor Car Traders' Guarantee Fund (MCTGF).

The BLA and MCTCC have a service agreement with Consumer Affairs Victoria, under which they have access to the resources, staff and infrastructure necessary for to carry out their functions.

Role and Functions of the BLA

The BLA is empowered under the below legislation to grant or refuse the licensing and registration of applicants and allow otherwise disqualified persons to be involved in the industries it regulates subject to satisfaction of specified legislative requirements -

  • Conveyancers Act 2006
  • Estate Agents Act 1980
  • Motor Car Traders Act 1986
  • Owners Corporation Act 2006
  • Rooming House Operators Act 2016
  • Second Hand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Act 1989
  • Sex Work Act 1994
  • Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012 (debt collectors and introductions agents)
  • Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019

All the current regulatory schemes administered by the BLA (licensing and registration functions) are also regulated by the Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria or Victoria Police (monitoring, compliance, investigation and enforcement) and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (disciplinary).

More information about the BLA can be found at:


  1. Ensure that applications are dealt with and determined fairly, efficiently and in accordance with the law;
  2. Balance the need to minimise regulatory burdens on businesses against consumer protection imperatives and assess public interest considerations;
  3. Consider and apply law from a range of areas including laws relating to insolvency, corporations and partnerships, consumer protection law, criminal law, administrative and human rights laws, property law, contract law and planning laws; 
  4. Assist the Chairperson of the BLA to manage the performance, productivity and workload of the BLA
  5. Chair meetings and manage the performance of the MCTCC;
  6. Work collaboratively with the Executive Director Regulatory Services & Director Consumer Affairs Victoria, General Manager Regulatory Transaction Services, Chairperson and BLA Registrar, to implement policies, practices and strategic plans to ensure the BLA conducts matters before it in a fair, economical and timely manner;
  7. Liaise with staff of Consumer Affairs Victoria, Victoria Police and officers from other agencies with regard to applications and matters referred for possible compliance and enforcement action;
  1. Liaise with the Registrar in relation to the instruction of legal practitioners representing the BLA on review of its decisions or other proceedings.

Key Selection Criteria

  1. A legal practitioner of at least five years' standing with experience in administrative, criminal and commercial law. Knowledge of consumer law and litigation an advantage;
  2. A proven ability to make lawful, high quality decisions;
  3. An understanding of the operations of government administration and an interest and experience in policy development, legislative process and regulation;
  4. A proven capacity to provide high quality advice in a complex regulatory environment;
  5. Demonstrated high level management, leadership and interpersonal skills;
  6. Demonstrated high level oral and written communication skills; and
  7. An ability to work under pressure and prioritise workloads.

Term of Appointment

Five years.

Application and selection process

You can apply by emailing your curriculum vitae with a covering letter addressing the selection criteria to


The department requires declarations and personal information relevant to your employment. The collection and handling of this information will be consistent with the requirements of the Information Privacy Act 2000.

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring its boards and committees reflect the diversity of the Victorian community. This includes women, Indigenous Australians, people with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.