Reef Advisory Committees

There are two Reef Advisory Committees that provide advice to the Marine Park Authority Board through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (the Authority) on the management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The two Reef Advisory Committees are:

  • Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee (commonly referred to as the IRAC)
  • Tourism Reef Advisory Committee (commonly referred to as the TRAC)

Purpose

First established in 1999, our Reef Advisory Committees comprise a cross-section of stakeholder interests with expertise and experience in relevant areas.

The Reef Advisory Committees’ purpose is to provide objective advice, insights and recommendations on:

  • legislative, policy, and guideline review and development, directly related to the management of the Marine Park
  • strategic plans and programs that give effect to the objects of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975
  • actions that can be taken to address risks to the Marine Park identified in the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report (released by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority every five-years)
  • emerging or unfamiliar issues occurring within the Marine Park and the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

The Reef Advisory Committees are not decision making bodies. Advice and recommendations provided to the Marine Park Authority Board are non-binding.

Reef Advisory Committees Charter of Operation and Terms of Reference

Each Reef Advisory Committee will operate in accordance with the Reef Advisory Committees Charter of Operation, and the relevant Terms of Reference.

The Reef Advisory Committees Charter of Operation sets out the governance arrangements, purpose and operational processes by which the Committees function.

The Terms of Reference (contained within the Reef Advisory Committees Charter of Operation, as appendices) have been developed to define membership representation and identify the scope of advice required from each Reef Advisory Committee.

Reporting

A public report is prepared after each Reef Advisory Committee meeting, summarising the major issues discussed at that meeting. Summary reports can be found on each Reef Advisory Committee webpage.

Membership

The Committees are competency-based, and members will be appointed taking into consideration their experience, knowledge, skills, relationships and networks with Reef Traditional Owners or relevant groups or sectors identified in the applicable Terms of Reference. All Committee members are expected to adopt a broad perspective on Committee business that is raised.

Term

The term of the Committees is three-years. To ensure alignment with financial years and strategic planning, each term of the Committees will commence on 1 July, operate for three-years, and conclude on 30 June.

Membership – Expression of Interest Process

Prior to the beginning of each term the Authority will call for expressions of interest for membership on each of the Committees. The requirements of the expression of interest will be detailed in the advertisement or correspondence.

Members may be appointed by the Marine Park Authority Board throughout the term of the Committees to fill a vacancy or an additional position identified subsequent to the original establishment of the membership.

Contact:

For queries about Reef Advisory Committees, please contact: 
Email: RAC-Secretariat@gbrmpa.gov.au
Phone: 07 4750 0700