We are calling for expressions of interest from people renting in Victoria to fill some vacancies on the Commissioner’s Renters Advisory Group (Advisory Group).
The Advisory Group shares their experiences of renting in Victoria and the issues and challenges they face. Members of the Advisory Group will be expected to have a knowledge of the current and emerging issues affecting Victorian renters, be able to listen and consider the perspectives of others, and be able to confidently raise and discuss the issues affecting them, and renters more broadly, with the Commissioner and with other members.
The role of the Commissioner is to provide independent advice to the Victorian Government and recommend changes to renting laws, programs and services to improve the renting rights, practices and tenant experiences across Victoria. Information gathered from the Advisory Group informs the work of the Commissioner.
The Advisory Group aims to comprise around 10 renters, is chaired by the Commissioner and will meet up to four times a year, with members appointed for a term of 2 years and up to a maximum of two terms (4 years). More recently and due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, meetings have been held virtually through Microsoft Teams (Teams). You do not need to download Teams in order to participate, as there is an online browser version of Teams which we will provide you with if your application is successful. Meetings may be held in-person where this is possible.
The Advisory Group comprises renters who can speak as someone who fit one or more of the following descriptions, either currently or previously:
- rents in private or community housing
- lives in either a rooming house, caravan or moveable dwelling
- rents a site in a residential park, or
- lives in specialist disability accommodation.
Note: If you are renting public housing you are not eligible to be a member of the Advisory Group. Other mechanisms to raise issues are available for renters in public housing.
The Commissioner is committed to diversity and equity and encourages renters to apply who are diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, single people, people living with family, and people living in Melbourne Metropolitan as well as peri-urban, rural or regional areas.
How to apply
If this sounds like it could be for you, please download and complete the application form at the bottom of this page.
Your completed application form must be submitted by midnight on Sunday 8 May 2022 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions or need assistance to complete this application form, please email email@example.com or call 1300 029 783 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday except on public holidays).