NSW Environmental Trust Subcommittee Membership

Expressions of interest are invited for membership of the Invasive Species and Biodiversity Subcommittees of the NSW Environmental Trust.

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Are you ready to join an environmental subcommittee?

Anyone with expertise who is passionate about contributing to an environmental sub-committee is welcome to apply to our 2 new committees on Invasive Species and Biodiversity.

Members meet 2 or 3 times a year – as needed – and get a great opportunity for professional development as well as mixing with a like-minded community.

There are many interesting projects to benefit from your expertise and advice. This is an opportunity to inform and support significant investment in the environment in New South Wales.

Each subcommittee has 5 roles available, with nominal pay for non-state government employees.

Vacancies on each subcommittee are:

  • 1 community representative
  • 1 industry representative
  • 1 independent chair
  • 2 subject matter expert representatives

Applications close 5pm Friday 10 July 2020.

Information for applicants

Subcommittees are established under section 9 of the Environmental Trust Act 1998 (the Act). The Trust Secretary appoints members to each subcommittee.

Further information about the Trust and it's grant programs can be found at NSW Environmental Trust.

Role of the subcommittee

The subcommittee's main responsibility is to provide advice and recommendations to the Environmental Trust on the practicality and worthiness of funding applications and proposals. Responsibilities also include monitoring and reviewing the progress of grant funded projects, where relevant.

The Invasive Species Subcommittee currently oversees 8 major projects, and the Biodiversity Subcommittee currently oversees 7 major projects. However, this number does vary over time as projects are completed and new ones commence.

Responsibilities of Subcommittee Chair and members

The Chair is responsible for leading the subcommittee, managing any conflicts of interest, and ensuring that the members work together as a cohesive team.

Members of the subcommittee:

  • actively contribute to the effective governance and oversight of the subcommittee and its role as an advisory body to the Trust in assessing funding applications and progress of grant projects
  • have oversight for the efficient and responsible expenditure of public funds in accordance with relevant legislation and government policy and guidelines.

Where required, individual experts may provide reports and/or be invited to subcommittee meetings to provide advice on technical issues.

Term of appointment

Subcommittee members are appointed for a term of up to 3 years.

Availability and expectations of members

Most subcommittee members are expected to spend between half a day and several days pre-reading before any subcommittee meeting, depending on the number of agenda items and meeting papers. Meetings can be between 1 hour and a full day in length.

The subcommittee is likely to meet at least 2 to 3 times a year, with meetings scheduled when required, and usually face-to-face (in Parramatta) or by teleconference. Subcommittee members are expected to attend the majority of subcommittee meetings held each year.

Subcommittee members must keep confidential all matters concerning subcommittee business unless advised otherwise by the Chair or Trust administration.

Meetings may be recorded to assist with the production of clear and accurate minutes and reports.

Voting rights and quorum

All subcommittee members have a casting vote, including the Chair.

Exceptions to this include when a member has declared a conflict of interest for a particular agenda item. The conflict must be declared at the commencement of a meeting and the member must abstain from voting on that item. The member can, however, provide relevant advice and important background information on that item to other members if required.

Trust administration may attend meetings and provide relevant background information on an application or progress report. They do not have voting rights.

Where a subcommittee member is unable to attend a meeting, a delegate may be nominated to attend in their place if appropriate, unless otherwise specified. The delegate must have the required skills and experience to be able to contribute to the meeting as they will have voting rights. The delegate must sign an undertaking to keep confidential all matters of the subcommittee.

Remuneration

Subcommittee members are paid in accordance with the Department of Premier and Cabinet, NSW Government Boards and Committees Guidelines (September 2015).

Chair Member
Full day $350 $220
Half day $175 $110

Reimbursement of expenses (including out of pocket travelling expenses) is paid in line with NSW Government policy. Travelling time is not remunerated.

In accordance with section 8.3 of the abovementioned guidelines, public sector employees who undertake work for the subcommittee during their normal work hours are not paid a sitting fee unless they obtain an exemption from the Public Service Commission.

Nominees of professional bodies or other organisations

Membership of the subcommittee includes representatives nominated by professional bodies and other organisations, such as academic institutions, environmental not-for-profit organisations, or industrial bodies. Nominees are paid the sitting fee.

Applicants who are NSW Government sector employees

NSW Government sector employees may be appointed to a subcommittee. Applicants should seek their employer's support for their nomination and provide contact information of their employer on the Expression of Interest form.

Standards of conduct

On appointment members must sign the Subcommittee Member Code of Conduct declaration and adhere to the Code at all times.

Members must adhere to standards and principles of conduct applicable to the public sector to ensure that public confidence and trust is maintained in the work of the Trust and the subcommittee. All members need to clearly understand their public duty and legal responsibilities and must act for the proper purpose without exceeding their powers.

Members must disclose in advance any financial or other interests that may be in conflict with their role as a subcommittee member and must manage any conflicts in accordance with public sector standards. This includes registering the interest and abstaining from decisions that relate to the interest of the member. Members are required to sign the Committee Member Interest Disclosure form on appointment.

Further information on the standards of conduct expected of NSW Government board and committee members can be found in the NSW Government Boards and Committees Guidelines, section 7.

Making an application

Applicants are required to complete the Expression of Interest form (PDF 42KB) and submit it with:

  • a brief cover letter or statement addressing each of the selection criteria (no more than 400 words total)
  • an up to date curriculum vitae (CV).

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Applications close 5pm Friday 10 July 2020.

Skills and experience

Applications should include a brief one-page covering letter or statement addressing each of the following selection criteria:

  1. High level of professional expertise in one or more of the following areas: invasive species management or research, environmental management, natural resource management, ecological restoration, threatened species, relevant industry or not-for-profit community experience, governance, ethics, stakeholder engagement/management, finance, audit and risk.
  2. The capacity to actively participate as a member of the subcommittee in providing expert advice and supporting the role of the subcommittee as an advisory body, including evidence of integrity, independence, impartiality, good judgement, environmental and social awareness.
  3. Demonstrated experience or capacity to work collaboratively and productively in a management or governance team.
  4. Capacity and flexibility to contribute time to the workload and demands of the subcommittee.
  5. Preferably based in New South Wales.

Member attributes

  • Displays integrity: is ethical, committed, diligent, prepared, organised, professional, principles-based and respectful, values diversity, and shows courage and independence.
  • Thinks critically: is objective and impartial, uses logical and analytical processes, distils the core of complex issues and weighs up options.
  • Applies expertise: actively applies relevant knowledge, skills and experience to contribute to decision-making.
  • Communicates constructively: is articulate, persuasive and diplomatic, is self-aware and reflects on personal impact and effectiveness, listens and responds constructively to contributions from others.
  • Focuses strategically: takes a broad perspective, can see the big picture, and considers long term impacts.
  • Collaborates in the interests of the subcommittee: is a team player, flexible and cooperative, creates partnerships within and between subcommittees and the Trust.

Selection process

Assessment of applications and CVs is based on merit. Recommendations are then made to the Trust Secretary to consider for appointment. The skills mix, needs, gender and demographic balance of the subcommittee is also taken into account when selecting candidates. Representatives from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Applications that are incomplete or do not address the criteria are not considered.

Referee reports

Applicants must nominate 2 referees, including their positions and contact details. Referees should be able to discuss the applicant's skills, qualifications and fit with responsibilities of a subcommittee member.

Unsuccessful applicants

Unsuccessful applicants are notified on completion of the Expression of Interest process.

Protecting personal information and privacy

The NSW Environmental Trust complies with NSW Government privacy legislation and policies.

If appointed to the subcommittee, the following information will be made available to the public on a NSW Government website, the Trust annual report, and may be included in media releases issued by the Minister for Energy and Environment:

  • first name and surname
  • the term of appointment
  • the position held, for example, Member/Chair

Expressions of Interest may be submitted by email to: info@environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au

Contact

For further information please contact either:

Kate Valentine
02 8837 6023
kate.valentine@environment.nsw.gov.au
(Monday – Wednesday)

Leanne Hanvey
02 9895 6539
Leanne.hanvey@environment.nsw.gov.au
(Thursday – Friday)