There has been an increase in Aboriginal Victorians, local representatives, women and people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds appointed to the state’s water corporation and Catchment Management Authority (CMA) boards.

Additionally, the Victorian Government sought candidates with skills and expertise in climate change, renewable energy, community engagement, regional development, and recycled and stormwater management.

There has been a 100 per cent increase in Aboriginal Victorians on our water sector boards - this is compared to none before 2015.

And women now hold 53 per cent of Victorian water corporation board positions, consolidating the Victorian Government’s commitment to gender equality on all government boards. And on Victoria’s CMA boards, 60 per cent of the board positions are now held by women.

Also, local representation on Victorian water boards has increased, which is important as it brings regional expertise to the board and represents the views of the local community while understanding the issues and opportunities particular to the region.

Following these appointments:

  • 18 out of 29 CMA and water board chairs are women, up from 7 out of 29 board chairs prior to 2015,
  • 12 Aboriginal Victorians have been appointed to CMA and water corporation roles - up from none before 2015, and 6 in 2015
  • Most of the board appointees were born in Australia, however there are appointments from the UK and US, New Zealand, Malaysia, Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo and Bulgaria.

Out of the 19 water corporations and 10 CMAs, there are 122 new and returning board members who will commence on October 1, 2019 for either a two or four-year term. Click for the full list of Water Corporation and Catchment Management Authority Board appointments (PDF, 205.3 KB) and bios for all new 2019 appointees (PDF, 197.4 KB) that are commencing on 1 October 2019.

Board directors are appointed through a merit-based process that also ensures a balance between renewal of the board and retention of corporate knowledge.