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Advisory committees

Regional advisory committees

Appointed by the Minister for the Environment, regional advisory committees (RACs) provide a vital link to National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). Members contribute their expert knowledge and experience to inform park management and achieve conservation outcomes across New South Wales. Members are highly valued for their advice on policies and plans, activities and proposed activities, and for their input into draft plans of management, helping to achieve the objectives of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974

See a list of members for each of the 8 regional advisory committees.

Map showing operations branches boundaries and regional offices for National Parks and Wildlife Service

Please click on each Regional Advisory Committee below for a detailed branch map:

Role

Regional advisory committee members:

  • provide strategic advice to NPWS Directors and NPW Advisory Council on the plans, policies and activities affecting parks
  • recommend improvements to the care, control and management of parks
  • provide expert advice on relevant technical and specialist matters
  • liaise with community and interest groups to seek their views on NPWS issues and to give feedback to the community about NPWS initiatives
  • provide input into the development, consultation and implementation of plans of management for parks within the branch.

Composition

A regional advisory committee consists of at least 12 members, but not more than 17 members.

Committees include at least two Aboriginal people, a person jointly nominated by the Nature Conservation Council of NSW and the National Parks Association of NSW, and other people who, in the opinion of the Minister, have qualifications, experience and expertise in one or more of the following:

  • local government
  • community involvement in conservation
  • Aboriginal cultural heritage
  • scientific qualifications (conservation biology, wildlife management or related disciplines)
  • rural or regional issues
  • agriculture and rural issues (being a person nominated by NSW Farmers)
  • ecotourism or ecologically sustainable visitor or tourist use, enjoyment and appreciation of reserves
  • environmental education
  • non-Aboriginal cultural heritage conservation.

Operation and functions

Committees meet at least 4 times a year and members attend field inspections to parks and reserves.

Successful applicants are appointed for terms of up to 4 years and are eligible, if qualified, to apply for further appointment.

The functions and operation of advisory committees is covered under sections 24 to 25 and Schedule 8 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974Part 9 of the National Park and Wildlife Regulation 2009 details further administrative arrangements for RACs. 

Regional Advisory Committee membership is voluntary. No sitting fees are paid, but any out-of-pocket expenses incurred in attending meetings or conducting regional advisory committee business are reimbursed by NPWS.

Why join a Regional advisory committee?

Watch a video to find out why you should join a regional advisory committee.

When regional advisory committee members were asked about the value of being on a regional advisory committee, they volunteered a broad range of comments, including benefits such as:

  • the satisfaction of having an effective input into plans of management for local national parks, fire management plans and other planning strategies
  • field excursions to view planning issues with NPWS staff
  • being involved in the planning process from the very start, with the pre-draft stages of planning, all the way through community consultation to the completion of the plan
  • being part of a group that liaised with the local community over a difficult issue, gaining an understanding of the issues involved and developing a solution
  • seeing changes to the National Parks and Wildlife Act, which recognised the strategic planning ability of regional advisory committees
  • gaining an increased understanding of NPWS planning processes, getting to know staff and becoming familiar with local national parks
  • consulting with Aboriginal people about cultural heritage conservation
  • gaining an appreciation of how NPWS staff have coped with drought, pests, and fire, often working with park neighbours to tackle problems.

Committee vacancies

Committee vacancies will be advertised on this webpage and on the NSW Government Boards and Committees Register.

For more information, please contact rac@environment.nsw.gov.au

Additional advisory committees

Additional advisory committees may also be constituted by the Minister under section 24(3) of the NPW Act.

The Hartley Historic Site Advisory Committee (HHSAC) is an example of a site-specific committee constituted to advise on the conservation, community education and public use of the Hartley Historic Site, located in the NPWS Blue Mountains branch.

For more information about the Hartley Historic Site Advisory Committee, email npws.bluemountainsbranch@environment.nsw.gov.au.

Page last updated: 01 September 2018