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Minister for the Environment’s Indigenous Advisory Committee

Chairperson and Committee Members (2)

The Minister for the Environment, The Hon Greg Hunt MP, is seeking to appoint three members, including one as Chairperson, to his Indigenous Advisory Committee. The successful candidates will be Indigenous Australians with expertise in Indigenous land and sea management, conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and/or cultural heritage management.

The Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC) is a statutory committee established in 2000 under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) [section 505A]. The EPBC Act is the Australian Government’s central piece of environmental legislation that provides a framework for protection of the Australian environment, including its biodiversity and its natural and culturally significant places. It provides a legal framework to protect and manage nationally and internationally important flora, fauna, ecological communities and heritage places – defined under the EPBC Act as Matters of National Environmental Significance.

The function of the IAC [section 505B] is to advise the Minister for the Environment (the Minister) on the operation of the EPBC Act, taking into account the significance of Indigenous peoples’ knowledge of the management of land and the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.  

The duties of the role include:

·         Provide advice to the Minister and the Department on issues that are relevant to achieving the objectives of the EPBC Act, including the protection of the environment (especially those aspects of the environment that are Matters of National Environmental Significance)

·         Ensure the views of Indigenous peoples are considered in the administration of the EPBC Act and its reform

·         Provide the Minister with a communiqué following each meeting reporting on Indigenous issues relating to the EPBC Act and matters of interest to the Department

·         Advise on other matters that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the environment portfolio

·         Represent the Committee at Departmental meetings, stakeholder forums or present at conferences

Current committee members are eligible to apply for the Chairperson position.  Expiring members are eligible to reapply.

Further information can be found on the IAC website.

For an application pack, please contact the Department of the Environment by email at iac@environment.gov.au

All applications close at 5:00pm AEST (Canberra time) on Monday 23 November 2015.














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