Atmosphere

Air toxics and indoor air quality in Australia

State of knowledge report
Environment Australia, 2001
ISBN 0 6425 4739 4

Appendix C: Consultative bodies for the Air Toxics Program

Background

Environment Australia has established two consultative groups for the ATP, a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and a smaller Steering Group (SG). The TAG deals with technical and scientific issues relevant to the ATP while the SG addresses broader policy issues and oversees the work of the TAG. These bodies bring together representatives of State and Territory environment departments, industry peak bodies and community interest organisations to assist in the development and implementation of the Air Toxics Program.

The terms of reference for the groups and their membership are listed below.

Steering Group

Terms of reference

The terms of reference of the Steering Group are:

  1. to contribute to the development of a framework for managing air toxics and indoor air quality in Australia;
  2. to advise Environment Australia on the appropriate arrangements for an integrated communication strategy designed to facilitate and encourage exchange and review of information relevant to air toxics and indoor air quality;
  3. to oversee reviews of international policies relevant to air toxics and indoor air quality and to determine the applicability of components of these policies in the Australian context;
  4. to oversee the work of the TAG, including the approval of the TAG workplans;
  5. to advise Environment Australia on the findings of the TAG and where appropriate to advise on implementation issues (eg risk management);
  6. to advise Environment Australia on relevant policy issues related to air toxics and indoor air quality; and
  7. by June 2000, to recommend a national priority list of air toxics (probably not exceeding 30 chemical substances/classes) for further detailed consideration under the ATP.

Conduct

The conduct of the SG is set out as follows.

Operations

Chair

Mr Philip Glyde (Environment Australia) is the Chair of the SG.

Executive support

Environment Australia will support the operations of the SG.

Meetings

Meetings of the SG will have formal agendas and agenda papers (as required); decisions will be minuted. Meetings may be face to face or by teleconference. Every effort will be made to accommodate the attendance of members, but if a member cannot attend a nominated proxy will be accepted. Only the SG member or the nominated proxy may formally attend meetings. The use of proxies should be limited, so as to enable the SG to develop substantial corporate expertise.

Technical assistance

The Chair of the TAG (Professor Ian Rae) will be a member of the SG and provide ongoing technical assistance to the SG. Additional external expertise may be engaged as required at the discretion of the Chair of the SG.

Reporting

The SG will provide Environment Australia with annual reports on progress, starting in June 2000. Reports will cover the progress in developing a national approach to the management of air toxics and indoor air quality.

Advice to Environment Australia will be by way of written report signed by the SG Chair to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage. Every effort will be made to achieve consensus in reports. Where a member of the SG does not agree with the contents of reports, that member will be able to provide a dissenting report, which the SG Chair will forward with the main report.

Membership of the SG

(Current membership, changes have been made to AIG and AMA representation)

Chair Mr Phillip Glyde (EA)
Technical Adviser Prof Ian Rae (Chair of TAG)
Secretariat Mr Paul Dworjanyn (EA)
Chair
Department of Health and Aged Care Prof John Matthews
NICNAS Ms Carolyn Vickers
NEPC Service Corporation Dr Bruce Kennedy
South Australia Mr Tom Whitworth
Western Australia Dr Andrea Hinwood
Victoria Mr Chris Bell
NGOs
Australian Medical Association (AMA) Dr Jonathan Streeton
Australian Conservation Foundation (member of The LEAD Group) Ms Elizabeth O'Brien
Urban Ecology (member of Conservation council of SA) Ms Cherie Hoyle
Industry NGOs
Australian Institute of Petroleum (AIP) Mr Ray Smith
Australian Industries Group (AIG) Ms Vivienne Filling

Technical Advisory Group

Terms of reference

The terms of reference of the TAG are:

  1. to facilitate the preparation of a state of knowledge report on air toxics and indoor air quality;
  2. under the direction of the SG, to develop a national short list of priority air toxics in Australia using an existing or new methodology as appropriate;
  3. to provide an information conduit for parties interested in air toxics and indoor air quality;
  4. to conduct expert reviews (including exposure, health effects and risk assessments) of technical and scientific literature and studies relevant to air toxics and indoor air quality;
  5. to advise the SG on the technical and scientific issues relevant to air toxics and indoor air quality; and
  6. to act as a resource for the sharing of knowledge and experience on air toxics and indoor air quality between participants.

Conduct

The conduct of the TAG is set out as follows.

  1. Members of the TAG will endeavour to bring a broad national perspective to the group. Members will consult with their respective stakeholders and provide feedback to the TAG.
  2. TAG minutes and agreed documents will be made available to the public (via the internet at www.environment.gov.au/airtoxics). Working documents and drafts, where appropriate, will be made available as a basis for consultation, at the discretion of the TAG.
  3. Minutes will record decisions and actions of the TAG, with some background or justification where necessary and will be provided to the SG. Minutes may be approved out of session through a written process.
  4. The TAG may advise the SG on the need for specific mechanisms, such as workshops, for communication and consultation on some aspects of its work.
  5. To enable the TAG to develop substantial corporate expertise, there should be continuity of membership.
  6. Conditional on receiving approval from the SG, the TAG may establish working groups to consider specific technical issues. These working groups must include a minimum of two formal members of the TAG, one of whom must be the convenor for the working group. Other members of the working group may be drawn from suitably qualified persons outside the TAG or SG membership.
  7. Members of the TAG may be invited to serve on management committees to oversee the selection and delivery of project consultancies designed to facilitate the delivery of the ATP's objectives. TAG members will declare any potential for conflicts of duty or interest.
  8. The TAG will endeavour to develop a consensual position on all issues.

Operations

Chair

Professor Ian Rae is the Chair of the TAG.

Executive support

Environment Australia will support the operations of the TAG.

Meetings

Meetings of the TAG will have formal agendas, and agenda papers (as required); decisions will be minuted. Meetings may be face to face or by teleconference. Every effort will be made to accommodate the attendance of members but if a member cannot attend a nominated proxy will be accepted. Only the TAG member or the nominated proxy may formally attend meetings. The use of proxies should be limited, so as to enable the TAG to develop substantial corporate expertise.

Technical assistance

The Chair of the TAG, with approval from the SG, may invite external technical experts to assist the TAG. See also ‘Conduct of the TAG’, section (f), above.

Reporting

The TAG will provide the SG with regular reports advising on progress, including an annual report on progress starting in June 2000. Reports will cover the progress in developing a thorough knowledge of air toxics and indoor air quality.

Advice to the SG will be by way of written reports signed by the TAG Chair to the Chair of the SG. Every effort will be made to achieve consensus in reports. Where a member of the TAG does not agree with the contents of reports, that member will be able to provide a dissenting report, which the TAG Chair will forward with the main report.

Membership of the TAG

(Current membership, changes have been made to AIG representation)

Chair Prof Ian Rae
Secretariat Mr Ziggy Durek (EA)
Government (including IGOs)
Commonwealth Mr Paul Dworjanyn
Queensland Dr Peter Nimmo
Victoria Dr Lyn Denison
Western Australia Dr Henry Berko
Tasmania Dr Frank Carnovale
Northern Territory Ms Kelly Allan*
ACT Mr David Power*
enHealth Mr Mark Feldwick
enHealth Dr Kevin Buckett
NICNAS Ms Carolyn Vickers
NEPC Service Corporation Mr Marc Thompson
NGOs
Australian Medical Association (AMA) Dr Jonathan Streeton
Flinders University, Dept of Environmental Health, School of Medicine Dr John Edwards
Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand (CASANZ) Mr Len Ferrari
Industry NGOs
Minerals Council of Australia (MCA)) Prof. Michael Moore
Australian Institute of Petroleum (AIP) Dr Malcolm Brown
Australian Industries Group (AIG) Mr Robert Lorenzon
Other NGOs
CSIRO Dr Greg Ayers

Note: * Corresponding members

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