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About us

National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council

The National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council advises the Minister for the Environment on a range of topics - particularly those relating to the operation and management of parks and reserves. It has a particular role in considering representations received on draft plans of management.

Nominations are now invited for appointment to the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council


What is the Advisory Council?

The National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council provides independent, expert advice to the Minister on a wide range of strategic matters, particularly those relating to the operation and management of parks and reserves. It is the key advisory body for the National Parks and Wildlife Service, and has a vital role in considering representations received on draft plans of management.

Members contribute a wealth of experience and expertise to help achieve conservation outcomes. They come from a range of backgrounds, including science, environmental education, fire management, natural and heritage conservation and recreation.

This is a unique opportunity to understand and inform the management of NSW's national parks and reserves into the future.


What does it involve?

Advisory Council members are appointed for up to a four-year term and meet approximately four times a year in Sydney. The council meets quarterly for a full day with an extended two-day planning meeting once a year. Two committees meet either side of the full council meetings: the planning committee and the priorities and issues committee. Sitting fees are paid and travel expenses reimbursed.

Council members are expected to contribute to the effectiveness of the Council, listen attentively to others' opinions, analyse information, make a constructive contribution to discussion, and uphold the NSW government's code of ethics and conduct.


What roles are available?

Applications are invited for membership of the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council for the following categories:

  • expertise and experience in Aboriginal cultural heritage conservation
  • scientific qualifications in areas associated with the conservation of nature
  • expertise and experience in environmental education and community involvement in environmental education
  • expertise and experience in rural and regional development and planning issues
  • expertise and experience in bush fire management.

The NSW Government is committed to increasing the representation of women, Aboriginal people, people of non-English speaking background, and young people aged between 18 and 25 on government boards and committees. Nominations in these categories are highly valued.


How do I apply?

To apply for membership of the Advisory Council please submit a covering letter outlining your experience and interest in the role, along with the application form and your Curriculum Vitae to npws.advisorycouncil@environment.nsw.gov.au. A merit selection process will apply.

Closing date for applications is 29 September 2017.

Application form: Click here for the advertisement and application form (DOC 27.2KB)

For further details, please contact Melissa Plummer, Stakeholder Liaison Officer at npws.advisorycouncil@environment.nsw.gov.au

Members of the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council

See a list of the council's members, who come from a range of backgrounds, including science, education, conservation and natural resource management.

National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council Handbook

The National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council Handbook (PDF 240 KB) sets out the role of the council and its operating relationship with the organisation.

Recent Advisory Council meetings

See summaries of the matters raised at recent Advisory Council meetings.

Page last updated: 15 September 2017