•  Thursday March 10th 
  •  Thursday June 9th 
  •  Thursday September 8th 
  •  Thursday  December 8th


The VICNISS Advisory Committee shall provide stakeholder input and advice to the VICNISS Coordinating Centre. The Committee shall advise the Coordinating Centre on the HAI surveillance activities, the implementation and maintenance of the program, the improvement activities undertaken, communication of information to consumers and health care providers, and contract deliverables of the VICNISS program as requested.


Membership is representative of key stakeholders and includes:

  • VICNISS Coordinating Centre
  • Melbourne Health Executive Sponsor
  • Department of Health Representatives (DH): Quality & Safety Programs 
  • Australasian College of Health Service Management  (ACHSM)
  • Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA)
  • Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID)
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
  • Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS)
  • Infection Control Practitioners:
    • Public Hospitals representative, metropolitan and rural/regional
    • Private Hospitals representative, metropolitan and rural/regional
  • Consumer Representatives

The VICNISS Advisory Committee may form working groups, co-opt members to the Committee or working groups and commission other activities as necessary.  

The Department of Health appoints the Committee Chair and members. Members are appointed for a three-year term, with the option to extend (See Rules - Attendance).

List of Members

Reporting Arrangements

The VICNISS Coordinating Centre shall provide an annual report to the Quality & Safety Programs, Department of Health and the auspicing agency Melbourne Health.  

The principal contact for the Department of Health is the Senior Program Advisor, Infection Prevention, Quality & Safety Programs.

The Melbourne Health Executive Director responsible for the VICNISS program is the principal managerial contact for the VICNISS Coordinating Centre.


Terms of Reference

VICNISS Advisory Committee - Terms of Reference 2019

Meeting Procedures

  • Meetings shall occur quarterly in any one year. In addition there may be a requirement to call an extraordinary meeting.
  • Quorum shall be half the full membership +1. In the event that a quorum is not achieved the meeting may continue and decisions ratified at the next meeting.
  • Minutes – the activities of the Committee shall be recorded, confirmed by the Chair, forwarded to members and retained on a formal registered file.
  • Operating Rules -see below

Operating Rules


Unless stated, all papers, including data, are to be viewed as confidential. These are for the exclusive use of the Committee members.

Declaration of Conflict of Interest

Members should declare any personal interest at any meeting if it relates specifically to a particular issue under consideration. The Secretariat will record this declaration in the minutes.


Members are required to notify the Chair or Secretariat when there is an intention for a proxy to represent the member at any Advisory Committee meeting or to undertake any membership role or responsibility. Proxies must be an existing member of the Committee.


If members are unable to attend meeting on three consecutive occasions, the Chair will request that a person with equivalent representation replace them.


To be directed to the Director of VICNISS Coordinating Centre in the first instance.

Review of Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference shall be reviewed as required by the Chair in consultation with the Department of Health, and ratified by the Committee.