Resource assessment group members are consultants appointed by the AFMA CEO under the policy Fisheries Administration Paper 12 Resource Assessment Groups.
Rates for daily sitting fees and travel expenses
Members are eligible to claim a daily sitting fee for attendance at committee meetings. Chairs are entitled to an additional claim of up to five hours per meeting for time spent on RAG business or official travel. The amounts are determined by AFMA. Members will also be reimbursed reasonable travel expenses incurred for out of pocket expenses for flights, accommodation, meals, taxis and parking not paid for by AFMA – see the Remuneration determination of Public Offices for Part-time Offices as a guide of what is considered reasonable expenses. Your AFMA member can advise on what constitutes RAG business.
The current daily sitting fee amounts are:
|Position||5 hours or less – hourly rate||over 5 hours – daily rate|
|Chair||$240 per hour (plus GST)||$1800 per day (plus GST)|
|Scientific member||$200 per hour (plus GST)||$1500 per day (plus GST)|
|Member (other)||$55.70 per hour (plus GST)||$418 per day (plus GST)|
Making a claim: for RAG members
Claims for sitting fees and expenses must be submitted within 14 business days of the meeting you are claiming for. You can submit your claim by completing one of the following forms and sending to your Executive Officer. You must attach copies of receipts for any expenses being claimed. Sitting fees can only be claimed for the number of hours or days that the meeting took place. Chairs can claim an additional allowance, to a maximum of five hours per meeting, for time spent on RAG business or official travel at the current rate of $240 per hour. The claim form you submit will depend on if you have an ABN and are registered for GST or not:
- RAG Sitting Fee and Expense Invoice (I have an ABN and I am registered for GST)
- RAG Sitting Fee and Expense Invoice (I do not have an ABN and I am not registered for GST)
New resource assessment group members
New RAG members must complete the following forms so they can be paid sitting fees and be reimbursed for expenses.
- Vendor creation form (PDF, 128kb)
- Statement by supplier form – ONLY complete this form if you or your business does not have an ABN and is not registered for GST. If you do not have an ABN and are not registered for GST and do not complete this form, AFMA is required to withhold 46.5 % of your sitting fee. This form can only be obtained from the ATO or most news agencies.