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Department of the Environment and Heritage annual report 2004-05

Volume two
Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2005
ISSN 1441 9335

Legislation annual reports 2004-05 (continued)

Operation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Appendix 3 - Functions and membership of advisory committees under the Act

Threatened Species Scientific Committee

Under section 503 of the EPBC Act, the functions of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee are:

Table 12: Membership of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee as at 30 June 2005
Associate Prof. Robert Beeton (Chair) Prof. Bob Kearney
Dr Susan Briggs Dr Libby Matttiske
Mr Guy Fitzhardinge Dr Pamela Parker
Prof. Gordon Grigg Dr Rosemary Purdie
Dr Graham Harris Dr John Woinarski

Biological Diversity Advisory Committee

Under section 505 of the EPBC Act, the functions of the Biological Diversity Advisory Committee are:

The terms of reference for the committee are to advise:

Table 13: Membership of the Biological Diversity Advisory Committee as at 30 June 2005
Name Group represented
Prof. Hugh Possingham (Chair) Scientific community - biological diversity
Dr Andrew Ash Scientific community - biological diversity
Prof. Ralf Buckley Tourism sector
Prof. Mark Burgman Scientific community - biological diversity
Dr Cecil Camilleri Business sector
Dr Rhondda Dickson Australian Government
Mr Kim Evans Standing Committee supporting the Natural
Resource Management Ministerial Council
Mr Alistair Graham Conservation organisations
Mr Tim Low Scientific community - terrestrial species
Dr Patricia Mather Scientific community - marine species
Ms Francine McCarthy Indigenous Advisory Committee
Cr Bill Mitchell Local government
Dr Russell Reichelt Fisheries sector
Assoc. Prof. Stephan Schnierer Indigenous peoples
Mr William Sloane Rural sector

Indigenous Advisory Committee

Under section 505B of the EPBC Act, the function of the Indigenous Advisory Committee is to advise the minister on the operation of the Act, taking into account the significance of Indigenous people's knowledge of the management of land and the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

The Indigenous Advisory Committee was established under the EPBC Act in July 2000, and held its inaugural meeting in Canberra in October 2000. The committee has met nine times since then and once jointly with the Biological Diversity Advisory Committee in 2004.

Table 14: Membership of the Indigenous Advisory Committee as at 30 June 2005
Name State or territory
Mr Rocky Sainty (Chair) Tasmania
Mr Glen Kelly (Deputy Chair) Western Australia
Ms Melissa George Queensland
Mr John Chester South Australia
Mr Vic McGrath Torres Strait Islands
Ms Darcel Moyle Victoria
Mr Leon Atkinson Victoria
Ms Francine McCarthy Northern Territory
Mr Joe Morrison Northern Territory
Mr Robert Carroll New South Wales
Vacant New South Wales
Vacant Western Australia