Snobs Creek Advisory Board Position

Expressions of interest: Female appointment to the Snobs Creek Advisory Board.

The Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified female candidates to join the Snobs Creek Advisory Board.

Female participation in recreational fishing is growing so we'd like our Board to represent current and future fishers to advise on how we deliver fish production and stocking.

The VFA's Snobs Creek Hatchery has produced and grown fish for recreational fisheries and conservation stockings for more than 70 years. The hatchery produces trout, salmon and native fish and is responsible for their release into Victorian waterways.

The Advisory Board's role includes responsibility for:

  • Overseeing the implementation and periodic review of a strategic plan for the hatchery. The strategic plan is a living document that can be amended as required.
  • Monitoring strategic plan outputs, outcomes, performance and efficiency against agreed milestones and performance indicators at each board meeting.
  • Advising on the preparation of proposals and bids for capital investment.
  • Providing strategic advice on fish production and stocking.
  • Monitoring of hatchery risk management. Whilst risk management is a core responsibility of the VFA, the Advisory Board can advise on relevant risk management plans. Risk in this context includes both operational risks, and fish production and stocking risks.
  • Endorse and facilitate communication with stakeholders. An important role for the Advisory Board is to ensure effective communication strategies are in place to ensure transparency around the hatchery and its activities. Members are required to observe confidentiality provisions.
  • Providing an annual report to the VFA CEO, to be structured in line with the strategic plan and report against key performance indicators and milestones.

It is preferable that Board members are Victorian residents at the time they submit their expression of interest and through the term of their appointment. A person can only nominate themselves for membership of the Board for a period of up to 3 years duration.

The Chairperson and members (excluding Ex Officio Members) are eligible to receive sitting fees within the range paid for a Departmental Group C Organisation 3 (b) as described in the Guidelines. The rate of remuneration will be fixed by the Minister in the Instrument of Appointment.

Members are also eligible for reimbursement of reasonable out of pocket expenses eg. travel, accommodation, meals etc.

Specific selection criteria are: (members to have extensive and demonstrated experience in at least one criterion)

(a) Practical knowledge, skills and experience in one or more of Victoria's inland recreational fisheries, or hatchery operations.

(b) Demonstrated capacity, experience and willingness to undertake two-way communication with a broad range of recreational fishing stakeholders.

(c) Understanding of general management practices, such as business planning, financial accountability, public reporting and ethics.

(d) A working understanding of Victoria's fisheries legislation.

Please contact Julie Morgan on (03) 8392 6869 or julie.morgan@vfa.vic.gov.au to receive an expression of interest form. Applicants should complete and submit the form by close of business on Friday 13 April 2018.