Seeking new Scientific Committee members

Expressions of interest are sought from suitably qualified experts interested in membership on the ACT Scientific Committee (formerly the ACT Flora and Fauna Committee).

The appointments would commence on 1 July 2018 and run to 30 June 2021. Members will be remunerated for their services. Applicants must have extensive scientific expertise in fields related to terrestrial and/or aquatic ecology or biology, conservation science or conservation management.

The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) has responsibility within the ACT for policy development relating to nature conservation, climate change, waste, heritage, planning, transport planning, energy and water, together with regulatory responsibilities for development, building applications and environment protection. EPSDD serves the government to provide the highest possible quality of services to the people of Canberra, with the objective of securing a sustainable future for the ACT and its community.

Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee (SC) is a statutory expert advisory committee established under section 31 of the Nature Conservation Act 2014 (NC Act). The SC is responsible for assessing and making recommendations to the Minister for the Environment (the Minister) on the listing of native species and ecological communities threatened with extinction, and the listing of threatening processes. Assessments are made on nature conservation grounds against specified criteria under section 65 (native species), 71 (ecological communities) and 78 (key threatening processes) of the NC Act. The SC also provides advice to the Minister in relation to nature conservation issues in the ACT region. In addition, the Committee has significant roles in reviewing Action Plans and in providing advice to the Conservator of Flora and Fauna on a two-yearly biodiversity research and monitoring program and the Nature Conservation Strategy.

The SC consists of seven members with expertise in biology, ecology and conservation science or conservation management. Members will be drawn from a broad range of disciplines to ensure the Committee has sufficient expertise to deal with the range of nature conservation issues that need to be addressed.

Members are appointed by the Minister on a part-time basis and hold office for a period not exceeding three years.

The Committee usually meets four times a year, with each meeting being 3 to 4 hours in duration. Members are remunerated for their services according to the ACT Remuneration Tribunal guidelines for part-time holders of public office. Advice may also be sought out-of-session.

Expression of Interest process

Expressions of Interest are required to be submitted to the Secretariat by 2 February 2018.

Please forward Expressions of Interest to:
The Secretariat
Scientific Committee
GPO Box 158
CANBERRA ACT 2601

Or email epsddcomms@act.gov.au.

Please include a resume and summary of relevant qualifications, skills and/or experience and identify any potential conflicts of interest. You may wish to outline your claims against the selection criteria identified below, although this is not mandatory.

Applications from women are encouraged. The ACT Office of Women has a goal of fifty percent representation of women on advisory committees.

Representatives from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or other cultural minority groups are also encouraged to apply if they meet the selection criteria below.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used to select committee members for recommendation to the Minister.

1. The level of qualifications, extent of experience, and relevance to the committee will be assessed. For example, Committee members are expected to have post graduate research qualifications and extensive experience in the application of ecological or biological research and/or conservation management. Applicants that have published widely will be highly regarded.

The Committee is made up of experts that cover a range of disciplines and expertise in biology, ecology and conservation science or conservation management. Members of the Committee would be expected to contribute significant expertise to Committee business.

2. Nominees should have good communication skills.

3. The nominee’s other professional interests need to be identified to ensure that ‘Conflicts of Interest’ or ‘perceived conflicts of interest’ will not negatively impact on the nominee’s ability to objectively undertake work for the Committee.