Biosecurity Advisory Committee

​​​​​​​​About the Biosecurity Advisory Committee​

Tasmania’s reputation as a premium producer of agricultural and seafood products, and as a leading tourism destination, is reliant on a rigorous and effective biosecurity system.

The formation of Tasmania’s first Biosecurity Advisory Committee has been one of the key initial tasks required for the effective implementation of Tasmania’s new Biosecurity Act 2019.

The selection of the Committee followed a public ‘expression of interest’ process and has been formed as an independent advisory body. 

The Committee will provide advice to the Tasmanian Government and Minister for Primary Industries and Water on biosecurity in Tasmania and will help guide Government strategies and policy for biosecurity matters.​

Good biosecurity relies on the community, industry and government working together. The Biosecurity Advisory Committee will help facilitate these partnerships.

The committee includes a mix of skills and representatives from a range of industry sectors across the State, including wild fisheries and aquaculture sectors, animal and plant-based agricultural industries, tourism industries, environmental organisations, the science, industry and community liaison, and education sectors, accounting, economic or strategic planning expertise, public administration expertise at both the State and local government level, a community member and a State Service employee.

Committee members are currently:
  • Felicity Richards (Biosecurity Advisory Committee Chair) 

  • Julian Harrington

  • Rod Andrewartha

  • Peter Skillern

  • Peter Cornish

  • Michael Bailey

  • Annabel von Bibra

  • Anne Chuter

  • Karen Brock​

Expressions of Interest for Biosecurity Advisory Committee Members

Expressions of interest are being sought for members to fill five (5) vacancies within the Biosecurity Advisory Committee (BAC) established under s267 of the Biosecurity Act 2019.

The BAC provides advice to the Minister and Secretary on any matter related to biosecurity, in particular:
  • the requirements of a comprehensive and effective biosecurity system for Tasmania, and necessary linkages to other biosecurity systems (national and international);
  • opportunities to improve industry and community awareness of biosecurity;
  • opportunities to improve collaboration in achieving improved biosecurity outcomes including preparedness for biosecurity emergencies; and
  • any other biosecurity related matter referred to the Committee by the Minister or the Secretary.
Vacancies exist for membership of the following areas:
  • a person with relevant accounting, economic or strategic planning expertise;
  • a community member;
  • a representative of aquaculture industries; 
  • a person with public administration expertise at both the State and local government levels; and
  • a representative from environmental organisations.
Committee members are required to prepare for, attend, and participate in a minimum of four meetings a year, some of which may require state-wide travel. Meetings are two to four hours in duration.

Those interested in applying are asked to provide a copy of their resume and a brief letter outlining which area/s they seek to represent, their relevant expertise, and why they are interested in being appointed. Candidates should aslo complete and submit with their application a non-state service candidate conflict of interest disclosure form (see below).
Appointments to the BAC are for a maximum period of three years.  The Minister is responsible for appointment of the Chair and general membership of the Committee.  Appointments will be staggered from February 2023. Candidates are asked to indicate a preference for a one, two or three-year appointment.

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply, in accordance with the Tasmanian Government’s Women on Boards strategy, which aims to improve gender equity and increase female representation on its boards, statutory bodies and committees.

Candidates seeking more information about the Committee are encouraged to contact Lou Brooke, Executive Officer, Biosecurity Tasmania on or 0499 619 302.

Expressions of Interest can be lodged at: EOI Biosecurity Advisory Committee, Biosecurity Tasmania - Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania, GPO Box 44, Hobart, Tasmania 7001, or emailed to:​ by 9 am, Monday 28 November 2022.​

Download a copy of the Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form - Boards and Committees:


Biosecurity Tasmania
Phone: 03 6165 3777 or 1300 368 550
Fax: 03 6173 0225