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Opportunity awaits: help inform the management and stewardship of the Great Barrier Reef

Are you a Great Barrier Reef Traditional Owner? Do you have experience in Sea Country or natural resource management? Are you a young person with an aspiration to be a future leader within your Great Barrier Reef Traditional Owner Group?

Applications open

We are seeking to recruit a Chairperson and 10 members to join our Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee. Traditional Owners and First Nations peoples, with experience in Sea Country or natural resource management, or related fields to are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Share your knowledge and insights, provide advice to the Reef Authority Board, and join a passionate network of like-minded people to help support the future of this amazing natural treasure. Emerging leaders, with aspirations to be future leaders within your Great Barrier Reef Traditional Owner Group, are highly encouraged to apply. 

Around half of the Committee members will be representatives from Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreements group, with a limit of one member per group. 

If you are interested, we strongly encourage you to apply, even if you feel you do not meet all of the criteria. We are looking for a diverse range of skills to form a balanced committee. If you have any questions please contact: rac-secretrariat@gbrmpa.gov.au.

How do I apply?

  • To apply, you can do one of the following: 
  • Complete an application form online below and upload your resume as directed, or
  • Download the application form (PDF, 700kb), complete it and email it back with your Resume to rac-secretariat@gbrmpa.gov.au, or
  • Complete the application form, record a short video of yourself responding to the criteria questions on the form (please note, you do not need to complete the criteria questions via text if you are recording a video). Submit your application form and then upload your resume and video via this link.


Only one submission form, written or recorded, is required.  Applications close on 11:59pm Sunday 23 June 2024
 

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  • Eligibility requirements 
  • Traditional Owners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are strongly encouraged to apply for this opportunity.
  • Experience in areas including the marine environment, catchment areas, the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, and natural resource management, is required. 

About the roles


We are looking for a Chairperson and 10 committee members. Around half of the new committee will be Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreements representatives, with a limit of one member per group. Appointments to the Committee are competency-based and consider experience, knowledge, skills, relationships and networks with Great Barrier Reef Traditional Owners or relevant groups or sectors. 
 

The Committee must comply with the Reef Advisory Charter of Operation (including Terms of Reference). Please note, this above document will be updated prior to the onboarding of the new Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee. 

If you are interested, we strongly encourage you to apply, even if you feel you do not meet all of the criteria. We are looking for a diverse range of skills to form a balanced committee. If you have any questions please contact: rac-secretrariat@gbrmpa.gov.au.

I have been an active member of the Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee (IRAC) for the last two-year term. I currently work in the Queensland Government but am not a Reef Traditional Owner. However, as an Olkola Aboriginal woman whose country includes river systems and catchments that flow into the GBR, I thought it was an important to be able to contribute and provide support to my fellow Reef Traditional Owner neighbours but also share my experience with policy, legislation, governance, and land management matters to help create change within the management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. IRAC members play a key role in providing direct advice to the Reef Authority Board, and as a member I was able to work with my fellow IRAC members to influence and create changes within the Reef Authority.

Karrell, current IRAC member 

Chairperson and committee members

As a member of the Committee, you will demonstrate one or more of the following: 

  • Traditional Owner knowledge and expertise, representation, science and Sea Country (or natural resource and catchment) management to improve the health of the Reef 
  • understanding of strategic policy, planning and legislative reform to support and advance the rights and interests of Traditional Owners in line with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975, and a wide range of programs such as the Reef 2050 Plan, TUMRAs
  • ability to provide advice on designing and implementing strategies to enhance co-management through partnerships and engagement
  • culturally appropriate communication and education for use between local communities, managers and Reef stakeholders to build a better understanding and awareness of Traditional Owners co-management and connection to the Reef 

All Committee members are expected to adopt a broad perspective on Committee business.
 

Chairperson
We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Chairperson with demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining good governance practices, considering the role of community and cultural practices. 
As the IRAC Chairperson, and in addition to the above, you will demonstrate a resilient and collaborative leadership style. You will be responsible for:

  • overseeing the Committee
  • ensuring meetings deliver on the purpose of the Committee and all members are adhering to the Charter of Operations and Terms of Reference
  • providing leadership, cultural guidance, and strategic direction to Committee members 
  • facilitating discussions and negotiating outcomes, and
  • providing concise and well-considered feedback and recommendations to the Marine Park Authority Board and Reef Authority. 
     

Key information 

The Committee: 

  • Meets two times each financial year, with meetings held either virtually or in a pre-determined location, such as Townsville or Cairns. 
  • The first meeting of the new Committee will take place before the end of 2024.
  • Sitting fees and travel costs for meetings, where required, are organised and covered by the Reef Authority.
  • The term of the Committee is three years. 
  • The Committee is not a decision-making body. Advice and recommendations provided to the Reef Authority Board are non-binding. Advisory committees operate in accordance with the Charter of Operation and Terms of Reference. 

What we can offer 

  • An opportunity to make a positive generational impact by informing and providing advice on the care and management of the Great Barrier Reef 
  • Sitting fees, and, where required, travel costs, associated with Committee meetings 
  • Access to information on Marine Park Management and a collaborative networking group  

Why join the Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee?


As a valuable member of the Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee (the Committee) you will play an integral role in helping to inform and shape the care and the management of the Great Barrier Reef, by sharing your expertise, providing your perspective on key Reef issues, collaborating with other committee members to identify opportunities, and provide advice and insights on the management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. 

The ways we connect with the Reef are as diverse as the Reef itself, emphasising the need for a broad spectrum of perspectives and knowledge for our collective management efforts. 

  • The Committee's purpose is to provide objective advice, insights and recommendations on:
  • matters relating to Marine Park management and the implementation of actions by the Reef Authority to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to keep their heritage strong, safe and healthy, and contribute towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aspirations for Sea Country and heritage management into the future.
  • ways to facilitate partnerships, enhance engagement with a range of sectors (for example, tourism, natural resource organisations, fisheries) and build capacity and engage with Traditional Owners in the management of marine resources in the Great Barrier Reef.
  • ways to strengthen communications between local communities, managers and Reef stakeholders and build a better understanding of Traditional Owner issues regarding the management of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • the application of the world's best practice principles for Sea Country planning and implementation and
  • the delivery and expansion of the Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreements (TUMRA) program across the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
  • The Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee is not a decision-making body. Advice and recommendations provided to the Board are non-binding.

Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee Charter of Operation

  • Mr Troy Johnson - (Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee Chairperson) - Wulgurukaba Countryman - Townsville region and Gugubadhun Countryman. Marine Parks Ranger, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Great Barrier Reef Region, North Tropical Coast based on Yunbenun Country (Magnetic Island).
  • Dr Kerry Blackman - Gurang and Gooreng Gooreng Traditional Owner. Managing Director Gidarjil Development Corporation – Gladstone and Bundaberg region.
  • Mr Brent McLellan Gurang and Gooreng Gooreng Traditional Owner. Managing Director Gidarjil Development Corporation – Gladstone and Bundaberg region.
  • Mr Keron Murray Wuthathi Traditional Owner – Cape Grenville region. Chairperson, Wuthathi Aboriginal Corporation and Member Raine Island Recovery Project Working Group.
  • Mr Frank Loban - Western Torres Strait Islander Traditional Owner – Badu, Moa, Besi and Boigu region. PhD Student College of Science and Engineering James Cook University and Member Raine Island Recovery Project Scientific Advisory Group.
  • Ms Christabel Warren - Wuthathi Traditional Owner. Bama Connect Consultant – Owner Operator.
  • Ms Karrell Ross - Olkola Traditional Owner – Central Cape York Peninsula. Queensland Government Cape York Peninsula Tenure Resolution Program.
  • Ms Leah Saltner - Bindal Traditional Owner - Townsville region and Birriah Traditional Owner - Collinsville region, and South Sea Islander. Indigenous Stakeholder Relationship Management Relationships and project delivery. Supports Indigenous Community Organisations, Government & not-for-profit organisations to co-design and engage with First Nations community.
  • Mr Gavin Singleton - Yirrganydji Traditional Owner. Traditional Use of Marine Resources and Land and Sea Ranger program management – Cairns/Cooktown Management Area.
  • Ms Sonya Takau - A proud Jirrbal Rainforest Aboriginal woman from the Tully region of Tropical North Queensland. Girringun Aboriginal Corporation and previous owner/operator of Indigenous Tourism business.
  • Dr Sonny Van Issum - Woppaburra Traditional Custodian, Deputy Chairperson Woppaburra TUMRA and Principal Research Fellow - Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research (GCSCR).

  1. How do I apply?

    To apply, you can do one of the following: Complete an application form online and upload your resume as directed, or download the application form (PDF, 700kb), complete it and email it back with your Resume to rac-secretariat@gbrmpa.gov.au, or record a short video of yourself responding to the criteria questions with your application form (please note, you do not need to complete the criteria questions if you have recorded a video) and attach your video, application form and resume to the application form. Applications close on 11:59pm Sunday 23 June 2024. 

  2. When do applications open, and close?

    Applications are open and will close 11:59pm Sunday 23 June 2024.

  3. What are the membership requirements?

    Appointments to the Committee are competency-based, and consider experience, knowledge, skills, relationships and networks with Great Barrier Reef Traditional Owners or relevant groups or sectors. All Committee members are expected to adopt a broad perspective on Committee business. Traditional Owners, Indigenous Australians and First Nations people with experience in areas including the marine environment, catchment areas, the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, and natural resource management.

  4. How many positions are available?

    We are looking for a Chairperson, and 10 members. Around half of the new committee will be Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreements representatives.

  5. I am a current, or former member of the IRAC, can I reapply?

    Yes, both current and former members are eligible to re-apply for a position on the new Committee.

  6. When do applications open, and close?

    Applications are open and will close on 23 June 2024.

  7. Are members remunerated?

    Sitting fees and travel costs for meetings, where required, are organised and covered by the Reef Authority.

  8. How long is the Committee term?

    The new term will run from 2024-2027 (three years), with members attending a minimum of two meetings per financial year. The Reef Authority from time-to-time may facilitate additional meetings, working groups or forums. Members may be called upon out-of-session to provide comments and advice on relevant issues.

  9. What is the selection process?

    Applications will be reviewed by Reef Authority staff (panel). Potential candidates for the Chairperson position will be contacted for an interview by a Reef Authority staff member. Referees may be contacted for all applicants. Further information about the selection process can be found in the Reef Advisory Charter of Operation.

  10. Who do I contact if I need more information? 

    Please email rac-secretariat@gbrmpa.gov.au

Created
Updated 13 Jun 2024
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