Advisory committees

Animal Ethics Committee

The Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) is responsible for assessing, approving and monitoring, as required under the NSW Animal Research Act 1985 on behalf of the Environment Agency Head, all animal research and education activities carried out by Department staff.

Membership of the AEC is set down by the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes (NHMRC 2013).

Quarantine Station Community Consultative Committee

The Quarantine Station Community Consultative Committee is established to assist with the conservation and management of the historic site, located in Sydney Harbour National Park.

The Committees plays an important role in ensuring proponents engage with the community and stakeholders. The Committee is not a decision making or regulatory body: it performs an advisory and consultative role. Government agencies will remain responsible for ensuring proponents comply with any statutory obligations. Members of the Committee contribute their expert knowledge and experience to inform management and achieve conservation outcomes. Members are highly valued for their advice on policies and plans, activities and proposed activities, and for their input into draft plans of management.

See a list of members for the Quarantine Station Community Consultative Committee.

Meeting minutes

If you require more information, please email npws.greatersydney@environment.nsw.gov.au

Kosciuszko National Park Wild Horse Community Advisory Panel and Scientific Advisory Panel

Applications are now closed for membership of the Wild Horse Community Advisory Panel and Wild Horse Scientific Advisory Panel. The panels will play an important role in providing advice on future management of wild horses and development of a wild horse heritage management plan under the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act 2018.

All applications will now be assessed. Appointments to the panels will be made by the Minister for the Environment.

If you need more information, please email npws.wildhorses@environment.nsw.gov.au.

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

Regional advisory committee members

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.

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

Regional Advisory Committee Handbook

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Regional Advisory Committee Handbook (PDF 1005 KB) details how legislation, policies, administrative arrangements and conventions affect the functions, roles, responsibilities, composition and conduct of the eight regional advisory committees across New South Wales.

Regional advisory committee administrative regions

Under section 24 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974, the Chief Executive is to divide the state into administrative regions. A regional advisory committee is to be constituted for each administrative region.

On 1 September 2018, the administrative regions for the eight regional advisory committees were aligned with the eight NPWS Park Operations Branches.

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 map of the administrative region for which it was constituted:

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

Hartley Historic Site Advisory Committee

The Hartley Historic Site Advisory Committee is established by the Minister for the Environment under section 24(3) of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 to conserve the values and manage the heritage of Hartley Historic Site, which is located on the western edge of the Blue Mountains.

The committee is responsible for providing community input into the management of Hartley Historic Site and advice on relevant policies and plans of management.

The advisory committee typically includes Aboriginal representation and persons with expertise and experience in local government, community involvement in conservation, cultural heritage management, rural or regional issues, ecotourism or ecologically sustainable visitor or tourist use, enjoyment and appreciation of reserves, and/or environmental education and community involvement in environmental education.

The advisory committee is expected to meet on four occasions annually. Membership is voluntary.

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

See a list of members for the Hartley Historic Site Advisory Committee.

Page last updated: 09 August 2019