Gene Technology Standing Committee

The Gene Technology Standing Committee provides high level support to the Legislative and Governance Forum on Gene Technology (GT Forum). The GT Forum was previously known as Gene Technology Ministerial Council.

Page last updated: 14 October 2013


Composition

Membership of the Gene Technology Standing Committee (GTSC) reflects the membership of the GT Forum and consists of a senior official from each jurisdiction (in addition to the Commonwealth Government) who shall provide that jurisdiction's views as a whole on the matters considered by the GTSC. The Gene Technology Regulator is not a member of the GTSC, but attends as a participant.

Responsibilities

The GTSC provides high level support to the GT Forum and is responsible for co-ordinating policy advice to the GT Forum and promoting a consultative national approach to gene technology (as defined in the Gene Technology Act 2000) policy development and implementation. It also supports the GT Forum in developing and issuing policy principles, policy guidelines and codes of practice as defined in the GT Act.

Gene Technology Standing Committee Terms of Reference

The terms of reference of the GTSC are:
  1. To provide policy advice to Ministers who are members of the GT Forum on matters relating to gene technology which are within the scope of the national co-operative regulatory scheme for gene technology;
  2. To support the GT Forum in developing and issuing:
    • policy principles
    • policy guidelines; and
    • codes of practice as defined in the Act;
  3. To provide effective support to the GT Forum and facilitate implementation of its decisions;
  4. To support the GT Forum in ensuring co-ordination between all jurisdictions on matters relating to gene technology which are within the scope of the national co-operative regulatory scheme for gene technology;
  5. To promote a consultative and cooperative national approach to gene technology (as defined in the Act) policy development and implementation;
  6. To consider matters referred by the GT Forum, the Regulator/Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) or the States/Territories;
  7. To support the GT Forum in fulfilling its functions;
  8. To provide advice to the GT Forum regarding the development by the Regulator under the national scheme of:
    • regulations;
    • technical or procedural guidelines; and
    • codes of practice; and
  9. To consider matters referred by the Regulator in relation to applications received by the Regulator under the national scheme for licences to deal with GMOs.
The GTSC may establish subsidiary groups such as sub-committees and working groups as required to fulfil these functions.

Secretariat contact details

Postal address:

GTSC Secretariat
Department of Health
MDP 138
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601

Fax: (02) 6289 8060
Email: gene.technology.secretariat@health.gov.au