11 November 2021

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking applications for upcoming vacant Chair positions on a number of its Management Advisory Committees (MACs) specifically: 

  • South East Management Advisory Committee (SEMAC); 
  • Great Australian Bight Management Advisory Committee (GABMAC); and 
  • Southern Bluefin Tuna Management Advisory Committee (SBTMAC). 

The appointments will be from 1 July 2022 until 30 June 2025. 

More information about MACs and applying for the Chair positions is provided below. 

What do MACs do? 

AFMA’s MACs 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. 

MACs are advised by their respective Resource Assessment Group(s) (RAG) or relevant regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs) on the status of fish stocks, sub stocks, species (target and non-target), the impact of fishing on the marine environment and the type of information needed for stock assessments. 

MACs also provide an avenue for consultation between industry, managers, researchers, environment/conservation and State government officers. MAC advice is used to inform AFMA’s management decisions and its MACs continue to be the main source of advice on the management of Commonwealth fisheries. 

Additional information for individual MACs, including records from past meetings, can be found on AFMA’s website.

AFMA’s policy document Fisheries Management Paper 1– Management Advisory Committees (FMP 1) provides information about the roles of MACs, the Chair and members. FMP 1 is available on AFMA’s website.

How do I apply for MAC Chair position? 

To be considered for a MAC Chair position please submit your curriculum vitae and a brief cover note (no more than 500 words) specifying the MAC(s) you are applying for and addressing the relevant criteria under 3.5.2.2 of FMP 1 for the position and summarising your relevant experience, qualifications and reason for your application. 

Selection Process 

Applications will be assessed by a selection panel against the selection criteria described in FMP 1. 

How do I submit my application? 

Applications need to be submitted to AFMA by close of business Thursday 2 December 2021 by post or email to: 

Post:    Julie Cotsell 

Policy, Environment, Economics and Research 

Fisheries Management Branch 

Australian Fisheries Management Authority 

PO Box 7051 

CANBERRA  BC  ACT  2610 

 
Email: Research.Secretary [at] afma.gov.au

Please contact Steve Hall on (02) 6225 5341 or email Steve.Hall [at] afma.gov.au if you require further information about the role of MAC Chairs and the selection process.