The State Government owns all 19 water corporations and appoints non-executive directors to the water corporation boards (around 150 in total).
Directors must be suitably qualified, experienced and represent all Victorians, so we’re engaging the community and increasing diversity in water sector leadership.
Board directors come from all walks of life. They can be farmers, small business owners, project managers or other professionals. Because they have different experiences, they bring a range of different skills to water corporation boards including:
- financial and commercial management
- natural resource management
- climate change
- strategy and business management
- infrastructure and project management
- corporate governance
We’re proud of the gender equality on our water corporation boards: since 2015 at least 50 per cent of all appointments have been women.
The next round of water corporation board appointments will take place in 2019. We’re encouraging Aboriginal Victorians, people with disabilities, people who are culturally or linguistically diverse, and individuals from the LGBTIQ community to become non-executive directors.
Board appointments 2017
In September 2017, 101 directors were appointed to water corporation boards across Victoria. The new appointments bring fresh skills into the sector and ensure that water corporations reflect the communities they represent.
Over 750 candidates applied, with 44 per cent received from female applicants. An independent selection panel with strong water industry, stakeholder and public sector governance expertise interviewed 146 candidates.
Gender balance across all boards is now 52 per cent women and 48 per cent men, with women occupying 10 of the 19 chair positions. This is up from the 2015 appointments where 50.3 per cent were women and 49.7 per cent were men, and women occupied eight of the 19 chair positions.
There are now 152 chairs and directors appointed across the 19 water corporation boards.