Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee

The Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee (IRAC) provides the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority with expertise-based advice on matters relating to the conservation and ecologically sustainable use of the Marine Park.

Expressions of interest for Committee

We're seeking expressions of interest for our Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee to help shape the future management of the Great Barrier Reef Sea Country

Are you a Great Barrier Reef Traditional Owner?

Do you have experience in sea country management?

Are you a young person with an aspiration to be a future leader within your Great Barrier Reef Traditional Owner Group?

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority acknowledges the continuing Sea Country management and custodianship of the Great Barrier Reef by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Owners whose rich cultures, heritage values, enduring connections and shared efforts protect the Reef for future generations.

The Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee provides advice to the Marine Park Authority Board through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on the management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Appointments to the Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee is competency-based, and members are appointed taking into consideration their experience, knowledge, skills, relationships and networks with Great Barrier Reef Traditional Owners or relevant groups or sectors. All Committee members are expected to adopt a broad perspective on Committee business that is raised.

Terms of Reference

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

  • Matters relating to Marine Park management and the implementation of actions by the Authority to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples keep their heritage strong, safe and healthy, and contribute towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aspirations for sea country and heritage management into the future.
  • Ways to facilitate partnerships, enhance engagement with a range of sectors (for example, tourism, natural resource organisations, fisheries) and build capacity and engage with Traditional Owners in management of marine resources in the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Ways to strengthen communications between local communities, managers and reef stakeholders and build better understanding of Traditional Owner issues about management of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • The application of world's best practice principles to sea country planning and implementation.
  • The delivery and the expansion of the Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA) program across the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

The Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee is not decision making body. Advice and recommendations provided to the Marine Park Authority Board are non-binding.

Expression of Interest

If you would like to be considered for the Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee, please provide answers to the following questions. You can write your responses to the questions below or you may like to record a short video of yourself responding to the questions.

Please send your expression of interest (written or video) responses to RAC-Secretariat@gbrmpa.gov.au by no later than 10 April 2020.

  1. Who are you, where do you live and what is the best way to contact you?
  2. What Great Barrier Reef Traditional Owner group/s do you have connection to?
  3. What are your hopes for the future in regard to your land and sea country? (200 words)
  4. What do you think to can achieve by being part of the Great Barrier Reef Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee? (200 words)

Expression of interest Package