In May 2015 Horton International Australia successfully tendered to the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) and was engaged to assist with the appointment of the Dairy Food Safety Victoria Board. This involved the appointment of five Board Members to be identified through search and advertising. In addition to meeting the specific criteria as specified by the Act, the recruitment process also required that we accord with the Premier's pledge to have 50% representation by women.
Horton International drew on its wide networks with a particular focus on ensuring strong representation by women. In addition, the importance of advertising as widely as possible to ensure a strong pool of candidates to be considered for selection was acknowledged and included:
In total 149 applications were received and acknowledged by Horton International. Approximately 55 per cent men, and 45 per cent women. Horton assessed all applications recommending 38 for review by the Selection Panel. After careful consideration 20 were selected for interview by the Selection Panel and Horton International, maintaining a broadly 50/50 female/male allocation.
Prior to the interviews with the Selection Panel, Horton International ensured that all probity documentation required by the Department was completed and certified correctly including the:
Horton International coordinated the scheduling of, and participated in, the interviews which were held at our boardroom at 52 Collins Street. Reference checks and confirmation of qualifications were completed for the preferred candidates. Five candidates were recommended to the Minister for the Board appointments, three women and two men.
Throughout this process Horton International worked very closely with the Selection Panel, maintained regular contact with the Department's representative, ensured that all candidates were provided with timely advice, notified promptly when their application was not successful and at all times complying with government requirements. The new Board Members commenced on 12 October 2015.