The Department of Jobs, Precincts, and Regions (DJPR) is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and interested individuals to be considered for appointment to the Professional Boxing and Combat Sports Board.
Professional Boxing and Combat Sports Board – Member
The Professional Boxing and Combat Sports Board (Board) has an active role in the regulation of the professional boxing and combat sports industry in Victoria. The purpose of the regulation is to promote safety, reduce the risk of malpractice, and uphold industry integrity.
The Board is established under section 14 of the Professional Boxing and Combat Sports Act 1985 (Act). The Board consists of a chairperson, a serving police officer, and up to five members appointed by the Minister for Sport. The Board administers a registration, licence, and permit scheme.
The Act requires the Board to directly supervise professional boxing and combat sports promotions (typically 50 a year). These activities include conducting weigh-ins, examining the ring and safety enclosure, and supervising the conduct of officials and contestants.
- An experienced decision maker with expertise in the regulation of professional sport or other highly regulated fields?
- A medical practitioner, a business leader, or have a background in the legal profession?
- A confident communicator who can engage with a range of stakeholders?
- Advise the Minister for Sport on all matters relating to professional boxing and combat sports in Victoria.
- Exercise the powers, duties and functions conferred on the Board, by or under the Professional Boxing and Combat Sports Act 1985, to protect the safety of professional contestants, to uphold the integrity of the industry, and reduce the risk of malpractice.
- Attend Board meetings. Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday every month.
- Administer a licence, registration, and permit scheme.
- Approve registrations for professional contestants in the disciplines of boxing, kickboxing, K1, Mixed Martial Arts, and Muay Thai. In 2020-21, there were about 1,200 active registrations.
- Approve licences for officials (judges, referees, timekeepers, matchmakers, promoters, and trainers). In 2020-21, there were about 320 licenced officials.
- Approve permits for professional promotions. There are usually 50 promotions per year.
- Cancel, vary, or suspend licences, registrations, and permits.
- Attend and supervise weigh-ins and professional promotions.
- Appoint officials to each professional contest and monitor their performance at contests.
- Hold pre and post event meetings with officials to ensure understanding of the relevant rules and develop their skills.
- Meeting with promoters and their security teams in to ensure that they understand the security requirements for the event.
Supervise every professional contest and take note of the skill levels of contestants and officials to make informed decisions as to future matchmaking and appointment of officials.
- Prepare compliance reports after the promotion.
- Provide strategic thinking and improve regulation of the sport.
- Oversee regulatory compliance.
- Take action to reduce the risk of malpractice and to improve industry integrity.
- Implement initiatives to promote and protect health and safety of contestants.
- Monitor the adequacy of current regulations, policies, guidelines, application forms, and rules for professional contests.
- Implement initiatives to increase diversity, inclusion, and gender equity.
- Initiate and ‘champion’ research projects which align with the purposes of the Act (including the potential implementation of drug testing, research into management of concussion, others).
- Build and maintain relationships with stakeholders, including promoters, trainers, medical practitioners, other jurisdictions, government agencies, and Victoria Police.
Key Selection Criteria:
- Leadership and decision making
- Experience in the regulation of professional sport or other highly regulated fields
- Background in medical or legal fields and/or expertise in business management
- Effective communication and stakeholder engagement
- Candidates with good knowledge of the professional boxing or combat sports industry are preferred.
Pre-employment Screening Requirements
All applicants may be subject to the following pre-employment checks:
- National Police Records Check
- Qualification Check
- Declaration of private interests
- The collection and handling of applications and personal information will be consistent with the requirements of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014.
There are multiple positions available for appointment. Appointments are expected to be made in June 2022. The term of appointment is three years with the possibility of re-appointment.
Please send your expression of interest, including a recent resume, to [email protected] or via the button below.
Candidates should note that diversity and inclusion are priorities of the Victorian Government. Diversity of skills, expertise and gender and the perspectives of lived experiences of people from different backgrounds on Victorian boards contribute to good governance and decision making that reflects the interests of the Victorian community.