TAFE board overview

TAFE institute boards are expected to govern in a manner that ensures TAFE institutes:

  • are efficiently managed;
  • provide high quality education and training services that meet the needs of the community; and
  • meet both financial and non-financial performance targets.


On 1 January 2016 the Education Legislation Amendment (TAFE and University Governance Reform) Act 2015 commenced, restoring independence and proper governance to the 12 Victorian TAFE institutes by giving them greater control of their boards and making them more representative and independent.

Since 1 July 2016, TAFE institutes have been governed by new boards of between 10 and 12 directors, comprising of:

  • Ministerial appointed directors (at least half the board);
  • the CEO;
  • one director elected by the staff of the institute; and
  • co-opted directors (the remainder of the board),

Boards are also responsible for electing their own chairs.

Ministerial appointed directors took office on 1 July 2016 after a vigorous, fair and transparent expression of interest process. They have been joined on the boards by co-opted members, institute CEOs and elected directors.

​Full board compositions are published on the Public Board Appointments Victoria​.

Skills Requi​rements

The Act requires suitably qualified and highly committed individuals to provide their time and commitment on boards, to oversee the governance of Victoria’s 12 publicly funded TAFE institutes. These individuals must demonstrate an overriding commitment to excellence in public education outcomes and to high quality governance of Victoria's public education bodies. They must also be able to demonstrate the necessary skills and expertise to make a significant contribution to the governance of such complex entities.

TAFE institute board directors must be appropriately skilled with knowledge or experience in the following areas:

  • Management
  • Finance
  • Commerce or Business
  • Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Vocational Education and Training
  • Adult, Community and Further Education
  • Any Industry in which training is provided at the Institute
  • Higher Education
  • If the TAFE institute board is responsible for overseeing and governing an adult education institution under their constitution, the community or any industry served by the adult education institution.

Elected staff directors are not subject to any pre-requisite skills requirement in order to be elected to TAFE institute boards, but must adhere to all relevant internal policies and procedures.