28 October 2022

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking applications for members on three Management Advisory Committees (MACs) and two Resource Assessment Groups (RAGs). These include the:

  • Great Australian Bight Management Advisory Committee (GABMAC)
  • Scallop Management Advisory Committee (ScallopMAC)
  • Tropical Tuna Management Advisory Committee (TTMAC)
  • Southern Squid Jig Fishery Resource Assessment Group (SquidRAG), and the
  • Small Pelagic Fishery Resource Assessment Group (SPFRAG).

The terms for ScallopMAC, TTMAC and GABMAC membership is from the date of appointment to 31 March 2024, 30 June 2024 and 30 June 2025, respectively. 

The term for SquidRAG and SharkRAG membership is from date of appointment to 31 December 2023.

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 relating to the management of Commonwealth fisheries, including information about the status of fish stocks and the impact of fishing on the marine environment.

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

What do RAGs do?

AFMA’s RAGs are the key research and scientific committees for supporting the management of Commonwealth fisheries. The main function of RAGs is to peer review scientific data and information and provide advice to AFMA on the status of fish stocks, sub-stocks, species (target and non-target species), the economic status of fisheries and the impact of fishing on the marine environment. This advice assists AFMA in its role of regulating commercial fishing of Commonwealth fisheries.

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

Who should apply for MAC/RAG membership?

Appointments to MACs and RAGs are based on relevant expertise and members are sought for the following positions:

Position type

MAC/RAG

Industry

ScallopMAC (1) SquidRAG (1)

Economic

SPFRAG (1)

Conservation

GABMAC (1) and TTMAC (1)

Recreational/Charter fishing

SPFRAG (1)

How do I apply for MAC/RAG membership?

To be considered for industry member positions, please submit a written expression of interest (no more than one page) identifying the MAC or RAG you are nominating for and outlining your relevant experience and/or qualifications.

For all other member positions, please submit your curriculum vitae and a brief cover note (no more than 500 words). This should identify:

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by a selection panel against the relevant appointment criteria.

How do I submit my application?

Submit your application to AFMA by close of business 16 November 2022 by email to research.secretary [at] afma.gov.au.

Please contact Manager, Policy on 6225 5555 or email research.secretary [at] afma.gov.au if you require further information about the role of MAC and RAG members and the selection process.