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Posted on 10-Jul-2017
Application Close Date: 13-Aug-2017
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Scientific Advisory Committee Appointments

The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change is seeking expressions of interest for four committee member positions on the Scientific Advisory Committee. The terms of appointment for members are up to 5 years and commence in mid-December 2017.

The Scientific Advisory Committee is established under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988, and is accountable to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Lily d'Ambrosio MP. Under the FFG Act the functions of the SAC are:

(a) to advise the Minister on the listing of taxa or communities of flora and fauna and potentially threatening processes (section 8(2)(a) of the FFG Act);

(b) to advise the Minister on any other flora and fauna conservation matters (section 8(2)(b)); and

(c) to provide management advice on Action Statements (section 19(3)(a)).

The Committee consists of seven members (biologists), including a Convenor.  A majority of members must be non-government scientists.  Each member must have (in the opinion of the Minister) expertise in one or more of a number of specific categories of ecological expertise that are specified under the Act.  The Convenor must be a non-government scientist (section 8(7) of the FFG Act).

The Act requires that the Minister appoint members of the Committee comprising:

(a) three senior government scientific officers;

(b) two scientists on the staff of any Victorian education institution; and

(c) two scientists who are not employed by the Government.

 Section 8 (5) of the Act sets out the expertise that must be represented on the Committee:

(a) Vertebrate fauna;

(b) Invertebrate fauna;

(c) Vascular flora;

(d) Non-vascular flora;

(e) Communities of flora or fauna;

(f) Aquatic taxa or communities of flora or fauna in marine environments;

(g) Aquatic taxa or communities of flora or fauna in inland aquatic environments;

(h) Taxa or communities of flora or fauna in terrestrial environments; and

(i) Potentially threatening processes.

SAC members comprise some of the most authoritative scientific minds in Australia and this is reflected in the acceptance by Environment Ministers from all governments since 1988 of a total of over 800 SAC recommendations.

The Committee meets at least four to five times a year. Additional meetings are called as circumstances require.  Candidates other than executive level public sector employees may be entitled to receive remuneration.

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring boards represent the diversity of our communities. Women, Indigenous Australians, people with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender diverse and intersex people are encouraged to apply.

Applicants are required to apply online via the Get on Board website at (under ‘Search Current Vacancies'). Here you will find further information regarding the recruitment process, including a position description outlining the key selection criteria.

Applicants with further enquiries may contact Ms Shani Packiyanathan, A/Senior Project Officer on (03) 9637 9941.
Expressions of Interest close Sunday 13 August 2017.
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