17 September 2021

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking applications for an industry member position on the South East Management Advisory Committee (SEMAC).

The appointment will be from the date of appointment until 30 June 2022 in line with the remainder of the SEMAC members’ terms of appointment.

SEMAC is the overarching committee that provides management advice to AFMA for the following fisheries:

  • Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (including the Gillnet, Hook and Trap Sector and the South East Trawl Sector)
  • Small Pelagic Fishery
  • Southern Squid Jig Fishery

SEMAC provides management advice to the AFMA Commission and AFMA management on efficient and cost effective fisheries management, and provides an avenue for consultation between industry, policy, conservation, state and territory governments, recreational and research fields.

SEMAC receives scientific advice from the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery Resource Assessment group, Squid Resource Assessment Group, Small Pelagic Fishery Resource Assessment Group and Stakeholder Forums, South East Resource Assessment Group and the Shark Resource Assessment Group. The committee uses this scientific advice to inform their management advice.

Information about MAC members’ roles and how to apply is provided below.

Management Advisory Committees are statutory bodies appointed by the Commission 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.

AFMA’s policy, Fisheries Management Paper 1 – Management Advisory Committees (FMP1), provides information about the roles of MACs and their members. This document is available on the AFMA website.

How do I apply for MAC membership?

To be considered for the industry member position on SEMAC please submit a written expression of interest (no more than one page) outlining your relevant experience and/or qualifications.

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by a selection panel against the selection criteria described in FMP1.

How do I submit my application?

Applications need to be submitted to AFMA by close of business 8 October 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 Natalie Couchman on (02) 6225 5382 or email Natalie.Couchman [at] afma.gov.au if you require further information about the role as SEMAC industry member and the selection process.