Careers at VMIAC

Leadership opportunities at VMIAC – now!

A time for strong consumer leadership in a changing environment

With the release of the Royal Commission Final Report and the Victorian government commitment to their implementation, it is more important than ever that consumer leadership is strong and the consumer voice is loud. It is an invitation and challenge for us all.

VMIAC is taking this on by strengthening our organisation, building our leadership group, staying connected to and supporting our members. As our current CEO, Maggie Toko, moves on we are recruiting to four leadership roles:

  • CEO
  • Deputy CEO
  • Policy and Research Lead
  • Membership Lead

The roles, other than the CEO, are new positions that will add depth and strength to our work. VMIAC is excited to make these once in a generation leadership positions available to lived experience leaders who want to make a difference!

Please view position descriptions using the links below.

Working at VMIAC and Applying

Working at VMIAC is a fantastic opportunity to lead and be part of a team with a genuinely shared vision. As a leader at VMIAC you will contribute to building a resilient workplace culture in which lived experience is valued and staff thrive. Each of the four roles requires a lived experience.

Applications for all roles close at 12 noon on Monday 24th May 2021.

You are asked to:

  • provide a (1-2 page) covering letter outlining your interest in and match to the role
  • succinctly address the key selection criteria
  • provide a copy of your CV
  • provide names and contact details for at least two referees who can speak to your knowledge-base and skillset

If you are applying for more than one role, please make separate applications.

People interested in applying, particularly for the CEO and Deputy CEO roles, are encouraged to contact Bryony Wilson on 0450 527 751 with any enquiries.

Applications should be sent to by 12 noon on Monday 24th May 2021.

The Roles


VMIAC, the statewide peak body for mental health consumers, is looking to appoint a visionary and skilled CEO ready and able to support and amplify the consumer voice in the context of Victoria’s mental health reform – a once in a generation opportunity for system-wide change. The CEO will grow the organisation’s leadership group and ensure a workplace in which a lived experience workforce can thrive. We are looking for a confident and experienced leader who will bring a strong consumer rights perspective.

Deputy CEO

VMIAC, the statewide peak body for mental health consumers, is looking to appoint a skilled and dynamic manager as Deputy CEO. This new role will support organisation growth and provide program leadership. Working closely with the CEO, the Deputy CEO will actively develop VMIAC as an employer of choice for people with a lived experience. We are looking for a manager with strong communication and people skills who can confidently represent VMIAC. This is an exciting opportunity to bring the consumer perspective to mental health reform in Victoria.

Policy and Research Lead

VMIAC, the statewide peak body for mental health consumers, is looking to appoint a senior manager to join our leadership group and lead our Policy and Research Unit. The role requires good conceptual and communication skills as well as the capacity to lead and inspire a small team working together to influence change. You will have a commitment to human rights and the consumer perspective, and a background in policy advocacy (or similar). This role offers significant opportunity to make a substantial difference to mental health reform.

Membership Lead

VMIAC, the statewide peak body for mental health consumers, is looking for a talented and innovative manager to join our leadership team and grow a diverse statewide membership. Working with a small team, you will codesign and implement programs that engage and activate members. You will ensure members are supported to take key roles in representing lived experience as part of mental health reform. This role offers significant opportunity to contribute to systems change by amplifying the consumer voice.

Pay and Conditions

Attractive remuneration packages are attached to each role and include:

  • Salary packaging
  • Four weeks annual leave with a 17.5% leave loading
  • Superannuation
  • Relocation costs can be negotiated for the right candidate/s

All offers of employment are subject to a satisfactory Criminal History Check, provision of a valid Working with Children Check prior to commencement, as well as a probationary period.

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