EOI – Governance board member for AWAC

The role of the Animal Welfare Advisory Council (“the Council”) is to provide independent scientific expert advice to the NSW Government, based on the best available science and research, on animal welfare matters and proposed regulations.

We are seeking expressions of interest for people to join the Council. Members are appointed for a term of up to four years.

Members will be appointed on the basis of their skills and expertise. Experts will be drawn from the following categories:

  • Animal welfare science
  • Animal behaviour
  • Veterinary science
  • Animal science
  • Any other area considered relevant to fulfill the role of the Council.

We value diversity on the Council and encourage applications from all community groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTI, people with a disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Selection and appointment of members will be undertaken in accordance with the Public Service Commissioner’s Appointment Standards: Boards and Committees in the NSW Public Sector.


Council meeting details

Meetings are called by the Chair of the Council or at the request of the Minister. Ordinarily there will be four scheduled meetings of the Council in a calendar year. The Council may also be asked to consider items out of session, from time to time.


To be eligible for nomination you must:

  • have knowledge and/or experience and a qualification in at least one or more of the specified categories
  • have expertise obtained through research or training or experience, that for the animal categories, covers a range of animals/animal welfare issues
  • not hold a criminal conviction for animal cruelty offences in Australia or overseas
  • be willing to declare any personal pecuniary interest they may have in an animal trade or primary industry enterprise
  • be prepared to make the necessary commitment of time, including preparing for and having the ability to attend meetings as required.

How to apply

To apply please provide a current resume and one-page cover letter outlining why you would be suitable for membership on the Council and how you meet the eligibility criteria to animal.welfare@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Further information

For further information contact animal.welfare@dpi.nsw.gov.au