Aboriginal Fishing Advisory Council - Industry & Investment NSW

Expressions of interest

On 3 December 2009 amendments were passed by parliament to the Fisheries Management Act 1994 (the Act) which formally recognise 'Aboriginal Cultural Fishing' as a legal right in NSW and provide greater freedoms for Aboriginal Cultural Fishers than ever before.

The Act also provides for the formation of an Aboriginal Fishing Advisory Council (AFAC) which will play a key role in advising the Minister on all Aboriginal fishing issues and aims to include Aboriginal people in the management of fisheries resources.

The AFAC will play in important role in advising the Minister on the initial formulation of the Regulations which will make important provisions for the management of Aboriginal cultural fishing in NSW.

The NSW Industry and Investment are now inviting Expressions of Interest for the inaugural membership of the Aboriginal Fishing Advisory Council (AFAC).

The AFAC is to be composed of up to fourteen members of which thirteen are voting members. Specifically membership is to consist of: Aboriginal persons appointed to represent different regions of the State (not more than ten in total); one other Aboriginal person; one person appointed as a representative of Native Title Services Corporation Limited (NTSCORP); one person appointed as a representative of the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC); and a senior officer of the Department (non-voting).

If you are interested in membership on the AFAC please contact Ms Laura Best on (02) 9527 8574 or by email at laura.best@industry.nsw.gov.au for further information and an application pack.

Expressions of Interest will close 5pm on Friday, 13 August 2010 and must be mailed to:

Aboriginal Fishing Advisory Council EOI
C/- Industry & Investment NSW
PO Box 21