Someone considering an appointment should be well informed about the board, its functions and the expected workload. Sector-specific information is available from the relevant department and included in the vacancy advertisement.
Candidates should familiarise themselves with information such as:
Short-listed or referred candidates must undertake probity checks and complete a Declaration of Private Interests.
Shortlisted candidates will often be interviewed and have the following background checks:
Referees: Candidates will often be asked to nominate referees who can comment on their suitability for service on a public sector board
Bankruptcy: the following two checks will be undertaken:
Police check: Although each circumstance will be judged on its specifics, people convicted of a criminal offence may not be suitable for service on boards because these positions require a high degree of trustworthiness
A declaration of private interests: Candidates will be asked to complete a brief form documenting actual or potential conflicts of interest
Disqualification from acting as a Director: A person who has been disqualified by a court or the Australian Securities and Investments Commission from acting as a director or manager may not be suitable as a director.
Ministers are responsible for the majority of board appointments to public entities within their portfolios.
The board (via the chair) has an important role in informing the minister about the required knowledge and skills, personal qualities and specialist expertise to strengthen the board. The board may also be involved in nominating people for appointment following a selection process.
New appointees will receive a letter of appointment from the relevant minister.
The reappointment process for public sector boards is not automatic, especially where a member has already served two terms. Potential re-appointees are subject to standard selection criteria and processes.
For further information on the appointments procedures see section 6 of Recruitment and Appointment to the Board: A Governance Officers’ Toolkit (PDF 3MB).