Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 No 101
Current version for 28 November 2014 to date (accessed 23 December 2014 at 13:59)
Part 9A

Part 9A Advisory Councils

141A   References to Minister and Director-General

(1)  In this Part, a reference to the Minister includes a reference to the Minister administering the Fisheries Management Act 1994 and a reference to the Director-General includes a reference to the Director-General of the Department of Industry and Investment.
(2)  If a provision of this Part (or applied by this Part) requires or authorises the Minister or the Director-General to take any action or decide any matter, the provision is taken only to require or authorise:
(a)  the Minister administering this Act and the Minister administering the Fisheries Management Act 1994, or
(b)  the Director-General and the Director-General of the Department of Industry and Investment,
to take the action jointly or decide the matter jointly.
(3)  However, any such action may be taken separately, or any such decision may be made separately, in respect of any matter if those Ministers or officers so agree.

141B   Biological Diversity Advisory Council

(1)  There is to be a Biological Diversity Advisory Council (BDAC).
(2)  The Minister is to determine by instrument in writing the membership and the terms and conditions of appointment of members of BDAC.
(3)  The members of BDAC are to have expertise in one or more of the following areas:
(a)  biological diversity,
(b)  biological science,
(c)  environmental science.
(4)  BDAC may advise the Minister, the Director-General and the NRC on:
(a)  likely impacts on biological diversity of actions to be taken under the Act following the listing of threatened species, populations or ecological communities or key threatening processes, and
(b)  such other related matters as may be referred to BDAC by the Minister, the Director-General or the NRC.

141C   Social and Economic Advisory Council

(1)  There is to be a Social and Economic Advisory Council (SEAC).
(2)  The Minister is to determine by instrument in writing the membership and the terms and conditions of appointment of members of SEAC.
(3)  The members of SEAC are to have expertise in one or more of the following areas:
(a)  natural resource management,
(b)  economics,
(c)  social impact assessment,
(d)  industry or agriculture sectors.
(4)  SEAC may advise the Minister, the Director-General and the NRC on:
(a)  likely social and economic impacts of actions to be taken under this Act following the listing of threatened species, populations or ecological communities or key threatening processes, and
(b)  such other related matters as may be referred to SEAC by the Minister, the Director-General or the NRC.

141D   Provisions relating to BDAC, SEAC and their members

(1)  The provisions of sections 130 (Provisions relating to members of Scientific Committee), 131 (Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson), 132 (Disclosure of pecuniary interests), 133 (Procedure of Scientific Committee) and 134 (Transaction of business outside meeting or by telephone or other means) apply to and in respect of BDAC and SEAC and the members of BDAC and SEAC as if references in those sections to the Scientific Committee were references to BDAC and SEAC.
(2)  Despite subsection (1), the quorum for a meeting of BDAC or SEAC is a majority of the members of BDAC or SEAC.
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