Membership of the Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is seeking nominations for part-time members to join its peak advisory body, the Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council (the Council). Member terms are for the 2020–2023 triennium commencing 1 April 2020.

Background

ARPANSA is the Australian Government’s primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety. It exists to protect the Australian people and environment from the harmful effects of radiation, through understanding risks, best practice regulation, research, policy, services, partnerships and community engagement.

The Council is established under the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998 (the Act) to advise the CEO of ARPANSA. Section 20 of the Act outlines the function of the Council as to identify emerging issues, examine matters of major concern to the community, and consider the adoption of recommendations, policies codes and standards. The Council gives advice or reports to the CEO of ARPANSA on these and other matters at the CEO’s request or as the Council considers appropriate.

The Council typically sits for two days, three times a year, with voluntary working groups collaborating on key issues between meetings. ARPANSA meets the cost of sitting fees, travel and accommodation of Council members in accordance with determinations of the Australian Government Remuneration Tribunal.

The Minister with responsibility for ARPANSA appoints Council members pursuant to subsection 21(2) of the Act and Section 18 of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Regulations 2018.

Selection criteria

The Council is seeking to appoint one member as Chair who will actively lead its functions and possess in-depth knowledge, qualifications or industry experience in radiation protection or nuclear safety. Remuneration for this role is set by Australian Government Remuneration Tribunal determinations.

The Council is seeking to appoint seven members who will actively contribute to its functions and possess knowledge, qualifications or industry experience in radiation protection or nuclear safety.

The Council is also seeking to appoint one member who will actively contribute to its functions by representing the interests of the general public.

Suitably qualified people with an understanding of radiation and nuclear issues are encouraged to apply, including those with backgrounds in related areas including:

  • community advocacy
  • engineering
  • environmental assessment
  • epidemiology
  • health economics
  • industrial or safety related regulation
  • law
  • medical practice
  • mining
  • nuclear safety and security
  • public health
  • risk management
  • sciences
  • waste management

Applicants should refer to the ‘Roles and expectations for advisory bodies’ at www.arpansa.gov.au/about-us/advisory-council-and-committees/roles-and-expectations-advisory-committees.

The Australian Government has a target of women holding 50 per cent of appointed Government positions overall, and men and women each holding at least 40 per cent of positions on each of its appointed bodies. ARPANSA supports this target for its advisory bodies including the Council.

Conditions

Before appointment, all successful applicants to the Council must:

  • undergo a police check and obtain a baseline security clearance
  • be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • provide 100 points of identification
  • sign a confidentiality agreement
  • give written notice (by filling out a form) to the CEO of all interests, pecuniary or otherwise, that could conflict with the proper performance of the Members’ functions
  • provide referees who can be contacted by phone.

How to apply

Persons wishing to nominate should forward their curriculum vitae detailing relevant experience for the role. Nominations, identifying which position it relates, should be emailed to the Council secretariat by Wednesday, 4 December 2019.

Secretariat email:  councilatarpansa.gov.au

For further information, contact:

James Wheaton

+61 03 9433 2453