Call for applications - Fisheries Scientific Committee members

The Hon. Niall Blair MLC, Minister for Primary Industries, is calling for applications from appropriately qualified scientists to be appointed to the Fisheries Scientific Committee (FSC).

Applications are sought for two positions on the FSC from:

  1. A scientist who is employed by a tertiary educational institution; and
  2. A scientist with expertise in fisheries science and natural resource management.

Adjunct members of universities may also be considered.

A person appointed as a member of the FSC is to have expertise in one or more of the following areas of study:

  • fish biology;
  • aquatic invertebrate biology;
  • marine vegetation biology;
  • population dynamics;
  • aquatic ecology; and
  • genetics of small populations.

Members are appointed for a period of up to three years and may be eligible to receive an annual fee.

Functions of the Fisheries Scientific Committee

  • Listing species, populations, ecological communities of fish and marine vegetation and key threatening processes as per the Fisheries Management Act 1994;
  • To advise the Minister for Primary Industries on the identification of critical habitat for endangered or critically endangered species, populations or ecological communities;
  • To review draft joint management agreements and the performance of parties under executed joint management agreements;
  • To advise the Secretary on the exercise of the Secretary’s functions under Part 7A of the Fisheries Management Act 1994;
  • To advise the Minister for Primary Industries and the Natural Resources Commission on any matter relating to the conservation of threatened species, populations or ecological communities that is referred to the FSC by the Minister or that the FSC considers appropriate.

Provisions relating to the membership, functions and procedures of the FSC are contained in the Fisheries Management Act 1994.


FSC members meet approximately once a month for a half-day meeting, generally in Sydney but the location may vary.

The FSC also holds an annual review meeting each year to review the current list of threatened species in NSW. The location of the meeting changes from year-to-year, and typically runs over 2-3 days.

Membership also involves out-of-session work, which may include, but not restricted to:

  • Reviewing and commenting on consultation documents such as Species Impact Statements, annual reports for joint management agreements, Ministerial Orders, recommendations for federal threatened species listings etc.;
  • Preparing/reviewing Committee determinations for listing threatened species, populations and ecological communities or key threatening processes in NSW;
  • Reviewing the status of species, populations or ecological communities in NSW;
  • Assessing/re-assessing species at a national scale using the Common Assessment Method, which may involve consultation across jurisdictions including with other scientific committees, government departments and researchers;
  • Drafting letters to stakeholders, including government and non-government bodies, the Minister for Primary Industries and other boards and committees;
  • Reviewing student research grant applications;
  • Liaising with the Department of Primary Industries and external experts to obtain information on threatened species, populations and ecological communities and key threatening processes in NSW.


For more information on the NSW Government board and committee appointment standards and remuneration guidelines, please visit the NSW Public Service Commission website.

How to apply

Applications containing a detailed resume and cover letter should be emailed to

Applications close at 11.59 pm AEDT on 8 November 2017.

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