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Board Member & Treasurer (Volunteer)

Organisation : Flat Out Inc

Location : Melbourne

Time required : Part-time

Duration of project : Ongoing

Skill area : Board & Committee Members, Finance & Accounting

Sector : Homelessness & Affordable Housing, Law, Justice & Human Rights

Posted on : 30 Sep, 2020

About the role

Flat Out, a state-wide advocacy and support service for women 18+ who have had contact with the criminal justice system, is seeking a qualified accountant with demonstrated experience to join its Board.

About the Organisation:

Established in 1988, Flat Out is an independent, not for profit, state-wide advocacy, and support service for women 18+ (and their children) who have had contact with the criminal justice and/or prison system in Victoria.    Flat Out leads and participates in research and community education, seeking to inform the community and other service providers about the issues that occur for women in the prison system, about women’s rights to live free from trauma, injustice and violence; and the issues that occur for women in the criminal justice system.  Flat Out also recognise and acknowledge the extreme injustices experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the deeply harmful impacts of colonisation, including in the unacceptable over-representation of First Nations peoples in the criminal-legal system.

Through community involvement and education, advocacy and research, Flat Out works towards having a strong voice in the prison abolition movement in Australia, in the hope that eventually prisons will not be viewed as a legitimate arm of the justice system, but will be viewed as an antiquated, cruel and ultimately ineffective institution.


  • Women are not imprisoned

Primary Task

  • To support women 18+ who are exiting prison or who are at risk of being imprisoned by providing access and referrals to appropriate and affordable transitional, supported, private, public or community housing
  • To provide and link women to appropriate support, education, and information to re-establish them in the community post-release
  • To work with women to prevent their re-incarceration


About the Board

The Flat Out Board (FOB) embraces fairness and equality through the essential roles of governance and leadership that are underpinned by a comprehensive set of policies, procedures, and delegated authority.

Principles of the Flat Out Board include:

  • Open and positive communication with individuals and sub-groups within the organisation
  • To act within the boundaries of FOB decisions and Flat Out’s Policies and Procedures
  • Respect the rights of and valuable contribution of each FOB member
  • Work co-operatively as part of a team, sharing information and consulting each other
  • Be accountable to each other, the FOB, and women we support
  • Respect staff’s professional autonomy and allocated areas of expertise

The Flat Out Board is responsible for the overall governance of the organisation, including:

  • Ensuring that the legal and financial requirements of the organisation are met
  • Ensuring a robust risk management system is in place to manage and mitigate risk
  • Setting the overall strategic direction of the organisation
  • Holding accountability for the organisational activities and decisions
  • Ensuring that employment conditions comply with relevant legislation and awards
  • Participate in FOB sub-groups

Additional responsibilities specific to the role of Treasurer include:

  • Oversee and ensure the ongoing financial health and viability of the organisation
  • Ensure the FOB and organisation understands and meets its financial obligations
  • Ensure the organisation is compliant with financial legislative requirements
  • Oversee and support the Executive Officer and finance staff to develop sound financial management policies and procedures (including to protect against fraud and theft)
  • Chair Finance, Audit and Risk Subcommittees where required, and ensure all related policies and procedures are reviewed at least annually
  • Oversee the development of the organisation’s annual budget
  • Oversee and monitor fund balances, main sources of income, main areas of expenditure and liabilities
  • Support and oversee the annual auditing of all financial functions in the organisation and present audit reports to the FOB at the Annual General Meeting each year
  • Identify and bring to the attention of the FOB any areas of financial risk to the organisation
  • Support the Executive Officer and FOB to identify funding opportunities for the organisation as required


Requirements for the role

  • Being, or identifying as female (applicants from trans and gender diverse community welcome)
  • Qualified Chartered Accountant or CPA with demonstrated experience at director, executive or senior management level
  • A current Police Check (and international police check if necessary) and a current Working with Children Check
  • A current Victorian Driver’s licence
  • To attend meetings as per the Flat Out Constitution: 11.1 (b) – Management Collective Representatives are required to attend at least four FOB meetings each financial year
  • To accept and participate in the core responsibility of the FOB – to govern the organisation
  • To be prepared to undertake governance training as identified and required
  • To nominate to and participate on task-specific sub-committees where relevant


Acknowledgment of Country

Flat Out acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung People, Flat Out acknowledge this is the Wurundjeri Land.   We pay our respects to Elders, past, present, and emerging, and acknowledge the unacceptable over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people caught in the criminal legal system across the State


A position description is attached below.

To apply for this position, please submit a short cover letter outlining your interest and suitability for the role, along with your CV to 

Applications close by 14 November 2020 at 5:00pm

About the organisation

Organisation name : Flat Out Inc
Not for Profit : Yes

How to apply

Position Description : Flat Out_PD_Board Treasurer_Final

For details concerning this role , please contact

Donna Annetta

Email :

Please quote in application: Board Member & Treasurer (Volunteer) via Pro Bono Australia.



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