6 December 2018

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 2019 to 30 June 2022.

AFMA is calling for MAC and RAG Chairs for the fisheries listed below:

  • Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery , MAC Chair required (SBTMAC)
  • Great Australian Bight Trawl Fishery , MAC & RAG Chairs required (GABMAC/GABRAG)
  • Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery,  RAG Chair required (ScallopRAG)
  • Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery, MAC & RAG Chairs required (SEMAC, SERAG, SESSFRAG, SHARKRAG)
  • Small Pelagic Fishery, RAG Chair required (SPFRAG)
  • Southern Squid Jig Fishery, RAG Chair required (SquidRAG)
  • Tropical Tuna Fisheries, RAG Chair required (TTRAG)
  • Sub Antarctic Fisheries, RAG Chair required (SARAG)

Please contact Yvonne Zunic on (02) 6225 5432 or at yvonne.zunic [at] afma.gov.au for further information about the role of MAC and RAG Chairs and the selection process.

More information about MACs and RAGs and how to apply for a Chair position is provided below.

Management Advisory Committees 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 and records from past meetings can be found on AFMA’s website here.

Who should apply to Chair a MAC?

Applications will be assessed based on merit and applicants 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 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 and records from past meetings can be found on AFMA’s website here.

Who should apply for RAG Chair positions?

Applications will be based on merit and applicants 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 and Fisheries Administration Paper 12 (FAP 12) - Resource Assessment Groups provide information about the roles of MACs and RAGs and their members.

How do I apply to Chair a MAC or RAG?

Please submit your curriculum vitae and a cover note addressing the relevant criteria and 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.

How do I submit my application?

Applications need to be submitted to AFMA by close of business 11 January 2019 and can be submitted by post or email:

Post:            Yvonne Zunic

                      Manager, Policy, Environment, Economics and Research

                      Fisheries Management Branch

                      Australian Fisheries Management Authority

                      PO Box 7051

                      CANBERRA  BC  ACT  2610

Email:          yvonne.zunic [at] afma.gov.au

Phone:       02 6225 5432