Victorian TAFE Institutes operate under a structure of autonomous governance, whereby each TAFE is overseen by a Board of Directors.
TAFE Boards are ultimately responsible to the Victorian Minister for Training and Skills.
Board members comprise 9 to 15 persons. More than one half of the Board members are appointed directly by the Minister. The remaining Board members are 'board nominee directors' appointed by the Minister. Board members are persons with knowledge of industry and community training needs. Board members are also appointed on the basis of governance skills related to management, finance, commerce or business law, corporate governance, vocational education and training, adult community and further education, industry and higher education.
Below are links to resources that can assist members in implementing and maintaining good governance policies and practices. These resources will aid governing bodies who are dedicated to quality standards and wish to continue to improve the way in which they approach the governance of their organisations.
Guidelines concerning commercial activities in accordance with Part 5.2 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006.
Ministerial Directions to Boards of TAFE Institutes and Universities with TAFE Divisions are held on the Department of Education and Training website
Appointment and Remuneration Guidelines for Victorian Government Boards, Statutory Bodies and Advisory Committees, July 2011 (updated July 2012) is available for download as a PDF from the Department of Premier & Cabinet website.
TAFE institute constitutions are prepared under section 3.1.11 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 on the recommendation of the Minister. Each TAFE institute Constitution includes provisions regarding governance arrangements and the objectives, functions and powers of an institute. Constitutions are available for download from the Department of Education and Training.
Guidelines concerning monitoring and reporting in accordance with Part 5.2 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 are available for download from Department of Education and Training