Finding a Role with Government Boards or Committees

australian government boards

There are 3 types of boards that are commonly available to those who seek to serve on a board. They include:

  1. Government Boards & Committees
  2. Commercial Boards
  3. Not for Profit Boards

In this article I want to focus on Government Boards and Committees.

Government Boards and Committees exist in a wide range of industries

In Australia, there are 401 government boards. They range across a wide range of industries.

  • Agriculture;
  • Media/Arts;
  • Communication;
  • Defence;
  • Education;
  • Employment;
  • Environment;
  • Finance;
  • Foreign Affairs & Trade;
  • Health;
  • Industry;
  • Infrastructure & Development;
  • Social Services;
  • Treasury;
  • Veteran’s Affairs;

You can view all the government boards available on the ausgovboards website. Although many government board roles are advertised on the Board Direction website, you can also view some of them on the government’s own website.

It is worth taking a look at the ausgovboards website for a couple of reasons

One might think that the only valuable information someone looking for a board role can find on the ausgovboards website is a list of current vacancies – that is not true. Apart from finding available board roles, there are two very good reasons to browse the website.

Firstly, on the website you will not only find the names of the boards but also a full list of the Chairs and current board members. This site is regularly updated, so it remains current. As such it is a natural place for you to begin your networking.

Even if you do not desire a role with a government board, understanding who the influencers are in your area of expertise/interest can be incredibly valuable. I recommend using the list of board members available on this site as a readymade list of individuals that you could approach to discuss current industry issues or to introduce yourself to regarding your wish to further your board aspirations.

Secondly, this site not only has the names of current board members but also the date that their appointment term comes to fruition. If you are interested in serving on one of these boards, then you can diarise a time to approach the Chair with a proposal for you to sit on their board. This proactive approach can be very attractive and demonstrates not only pro-activeness, but also intelligence and determination – good qualities for prospective board members to have!

State & Territory Board and Committee Vacancies

Apart from the ausgovboards website, there are also a number of State & Territory websites that advertise vacancies. Below is a list of links to the different websites:

NSW government


Email: [email protected]

Pre-qualification scheme link: http://www.procurepoint.nsw.gov.au/scm2421

VIC government



QLD government


Email: [email protected]

SA government


Email: [email protected]

WA government


Email: [email protected]

TAS government


ACT government


Handbook: http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/113583/boards-committees-handbook09.pdf

NT government


Handbook: https://dcm.nt.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0014/260150/nt-government-boards-handbook.pdf

About the Author

David Schwarz is CEO & Founder of Board Direction – Australia’s leading board advertising and non-executive career support firm. He has over a decade of experience of putting people on boards as an international headhunter and a non-executive recruiter and has interviewed over one thousand non-executives and placed hundreds into some of the most significant public, private and NFP roles in the world. He has been described as Australia’s leading board recruitment expert, is a published author, a regular speaker on the board appointment process and runs Board Search Masterclasses across Australia. He is one of Australia’s Top 10 LinkedIn users with over 20,000 connections. Email: [email protected]