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Advisory Groups

NICNAS is seeking public comment on a revised model for engaging with industry, community and government stakeholders

NICNAS has reviewed its stakeholder engagement arrangements (as outlined below)—with the aim of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of its engagement mechanisms—and is proposing a revised engagement model. 

NICNAS published a discussion paper: Proposal for Revised NICNAS Consultative Arrangements at the start of a 6-week period of public consultation.

The closing date for written submissions is 5.00 pm, Monday 1 September 2014.

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Community, industry and government advisory groups

NICNAS ensures its regulatory programme responds to the needs of its community, industry and government stakeholders by engaging with advisory groups that represent these sectors.

Information about NICNAS's principal advisory groups is provided below.

Details of their activities each year are provided in NICNAS annual reports. For 2012–13, this information can be found at:

Community Engagement Forum (CEF)

Members of the CEF provide advice to NICNAS about industrial chemical concerns of three sectors:

  • worker health and safety;
  • public health; and 
  • the environment. 

CEF members help NICNAS address aspects of the community's information requirements by developing strategies to improve public access to health and safety and environmental information about industrial chemicals.

The CEF is guided by its Terms of Reference. Each year, it develops a work plan.

The CEF developed the Community Engagement Framework: a ten-point plan for the CEF and NICNAS to work together to ensure community engagement in all NICNAS activities and programs.

The Community Engagement Forum brochure proves background information about the CEF. The Community Engagement Charter brochure outlines the principles and protocols that NICNAS follows in the conduct of its work—and that it maximises opportunities for effective engagement about industrial chemicals.

Industry Government Consultative Committee (IGCC)

The IGCC is guided by its Terms of Reference. In brief, it:

  • reviews:
    • the use of resources against NICNAS objectives; and
    • the performance of NICNAS against agreed performance indicators—in particular the impact on industry and the protection of human health and the environment;
  • and develops strategies:
    • for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of NICNAS operations concerning established goals and objectives, and developing and emerging issues; and
    • for compliance (including monitoring their effectiveness).

The IGCC currently has eight members, including four members representing industry and four representing government. 

A representative of the Department of Health is an ex-officio member.

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