Chairs sought for management advisory committees and resource assessment groups

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking applications for Chairpersons of various management advisory committees (MAC) and resource assessment groups (RAG). We are seeking applicants for the next three year terms, generally from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019.

AFMA is calling for MAC and RAG Chairs for the following fisheries:

  • Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery – MAC Chairs required (membership will be from 1 May 2016 to 30 April 2019)
  • Great Australian Bight Trawl Fishery – MAC & RAG Chairs required
  • Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery – RAG Chairs required
  • Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery –  MAC & RAG Chairs required
  • Southern Squid Jig Fishery – RAG Chairs required
  • Tropical Tuna Fisheries – RAG Chairs required
  • Sub Antarctic Fisheries – RAG Chairs required.

For further information about the role of MAC and RAG Chairs and the selection process, contact Mandy Goodspeed on 02 6225 5341 or at mandy.goodspeed@afma.gov.au.

Information about MACs and RAGs and how to apply for a Chair position

Management advisory committees

Management advisory committees (MAC) are statutory bodies that provide AFMA with management advice. They report to the AFMA Commission on policy and operational matters, where relevant,  relating to the management of Commonwealth fisheries, including scientific, research and other information about the status of fish stocks and the impact of fishing on the marine environment. MAC advice is used to inform AFMA’s management decisions. View the records from past MAC meetings.

Who should apply

Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria, be merit based and should satisfy the following criteria:

  • have good national standing, preferably in a field relevant to fisheries
  • be independent of commercial or other interests with the particular fishery, including industry association(s)
  • have a good understanding of industry and public policy
  • be able to identify strategic goals and objectives, and facilitate their achievement through the MAC process
  • have a demonstrated capacity to chair meetings, including a sound understanding of the meeting procedures and practices necessary for the efficient conduct of meetings
  • not be a member of the AFMA Commission.

Resource assessment groups

Resource assessment groups (RAGs) provide AFMA with scientific and economic advice on the biological, economic and wider ecological factors affecting fisheries and RAG advice is used to inform AFMA’s management decisions. RAG advice is used to inform AFMA’s management decisions. View the records from past RAG meetings.

Who should apply

Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria, be merit based and should satisfy the following criteria:

  • have good national standing as a scientist, preferably in a field relevant to fisheries
  • be independent of commercial or other interests with the particular fishery, including industry association(s)
  • be able to identify strategic goals and objectives, and facilitate their achievement through the RAG process
  • have a demonstrated capacity to chair meetings, including a sound understanding of the meeting procedures and practices necessary for the efficient conduct of meetings
  • not be a member of the AFMA Commission.

AFMA’s policy documents Fisheries Management Paper 1 (FMP 1) – Management Advisory Committees relationship with Management Advisory Committees and Fisheries Administration Paper 12 (FAP 12) Resource Assessment Groups – Roles, Responsibilities provide information about the roles of MACs and RAGs and their members.

How to apply

Please submit your curriculum vitae and a brief cover note summarising your relevant experience, qualifications and reason for your application.

Please specify in your cover note which MACs and/or RAGs you are applying for.

Submitting your application

Applications need to be submitted to AFMA before close of business 18 December 2015 and can be submitted by post, email or facsimile:

Post:            Mandy Goodspeed

Manager, Policy, Environment, Economics and Research

PO Box 7051

CANBERRA  BC  ACT  2610

Email:          mandy.goodspeed@afma.gov.au

Facsimile:   02 6225 5500