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Appointment of an Expert Member of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Audit and Risk Committee – Information Technology background

The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) is pleased to invite expressions of interest for an Expert Member of the LIV’s Audit and Risk Committee (ARC).

The LIV is the professional association for solicitors in Victoria dedicated to promoting the rule of law for the benefit of the community, as well as supporting members in providing Victorians with high quality legal services. The LIV represents around 19,000 lawyers and people working in the law in Victoria, interstate and overseas. Our members offer their commitment, diversity and expertise to help shape the laws of Victoria and to ensure a strong legal profession for the future.

ARC’s primary role is to assist the Council in fulfilling the Council’s responsibility for ensuring the integrity of the LIV’s financial reporting and the implementation of a robust system of risk management and internal controls by monitoring, reviewing and advising or reporting to the Council on:

  • the reliability and integrity of the LIV’s financial reporting systems and processes;
  • the appropriateness of the accounting treatment adopted by management in preparing the LIV’s financial statements;
  • the implementation and effectiveness of the LIV’s risk management and internal control policies and practices;
  • the appointment and, if necessary, removal of the LIV’s external auditors and the work of, and relationship with, the external auditors;
  • the implementation and effectiveness of the LIV’s internal audit systems and processes;
  • the implementation and effectiveness of the LIV’s systems and processes for ensuring compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and the LIV’s policies; and
  • the adequacy of insurance coverage for the organisation and the directors and officers

Experience and Knowledge

  • Proven ability to contribute to corporate governance, including previous board experience.
  • Sound Information technology/Cyber security/IT project management background.
  • Well-developed understanding of audit and risk management in a contemporary corporate environment.
  • A high-level of integrity, fairness and ethics.
  • Ability to provide support to the LIV Council and act as a sounding board on strategic and sensitive issues.

Other relevant information

  • ARC members do not receive renumeration.
  • ARC meets up to six times per annum.
  • In addition, the expert member may on occasion be required to attend meetings of the Council or with the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee as needs arise.
  • The expert member is expected to uphold absolute confidentiality about all sensitive/confidential information received in the course of carrying out the responsibilities and will be required to enter into a confidentiality agreement.

How to apply

Applications should include a letter detailing their interest in joining ARC and a resume. For enquiries please contact Xian Volkmer, Company Secretary, Law Institute of Victoria on secretariat@liv.asn.au  or 0448 8979 440

Applications close 3 March 2021

External Appointments Criteria

Expressions of interest for all positions on External Bodies will be considered against the following general selection criteria, which may be supplemented with additional criteria according to the external bodies’ specific requirements and whether these criteria are essential or desirable:

  1. Membership of the Law Institute of Victoria will almost always be a pre-requisite;
  2. A record of involvement in advancing the legal profession other than day to day practice. In most circumstances, this will be demonstrated through an involvement with and advancement of the Law Institute of Victoria and/or its committees;
  3. The need to achieve diverse representation of LIV members appointed to external Boards and Bodies. Consideration will be given to ensuring that the members reflect a broad range of backgrounds, insights and approaches;
  4. Candidates possess the capacities and experience to fulfil the required role, preferably including an understanding of contemporary governance practices;
  5. Availability to attend the relevant meetings and other required commitments.

*Where relevant, criteria 2 and 4 are given double the weight of other criteria.

Procedure

To the extent practicable, vacancies to be filled should be advertised widely though LIV member channels. The Company Secretary will determine if a different approach should be adopted, based in on the specific requirements of filling a vacancy. A statement of criteria for the particular position should be developed and interested candidates invited to obtain a copy of the criteria to be addressed in their application.

Acknowledging the value of experience and the need for continuity, incumbents who are eligible and willing to seek reappointment to positions may reapply.

The Board reserves the right not to appoint or nominate a person for a position where it considers that none of the nominees meets the selection criteria.

Reporting Back

For those appointed to an external body that holds key strategic significance for the LIV (key stakeholder), it is required that this appointee report back on his/her observations, and agenda items to the LIV Board at least annually, and/or if an item of significant concern arises, to report back to the LIV Board as soon as practicable for actioning through the LIV Company Secretary.

 

Annual Elections & Casual Vacancies - LIV Director Positions

Elections are held annually by the Law Institute throughout October and November. The Council may also occasionally need to appoint a director to fill a casual vacancy.

The LIV Council attracts extremely talented and qualified individuals with wide-ranging experience. Service on the Council provides directors with unique opportunities to give back to the profession, serve the public interest, and contribute to the governance, development and advancement of the LIV itself. 
The Director Position Description will assist potential candidates to understand the role and obligations of being an LIV Director.

Download the Director Position Description (PDF)

Contact

Please contact the Company Secretariat on 03 9607 9513 or by email at secretariat@liv.asn.au with any queries.