The Terms of Reference for the CEF ensure that it will provide advice on:

o strategies to improve public access to chemical health and safety and environmental standards

o community right to know issues including the development of a community right to know charter

o the development of NICNASís stakeholder engagement policies

o all NICNAS reform programs and participate where practicable, and

o other issues, as required.

The CEF consists of seven members and is chaired by the Director of NICNAS. Membership comprises of the:

o Chair (Director NICNAS)

o two community members representing the interests of the environment

o two community members representing the interests of public health, and

o two non-government members representing the interests of worker safety.

Nominations for membership were sought from peak national bodies recognised by the DoHA as representing the interests of public health, environmental standards and worker health and safety. Members were chosen for their expertise in the following areas:

o knowledge of industrial chemicals in a regulatory context

o ability to represent a broad cross section of community views

o understanding of community concerns related to the regulation of chemicals, and

o knowledge of Government processes involving industrial chemicals regulation.

While members have been nominated by specific organisations, they represent broad community interests in their respective area and not simply the interests of their nominating or originating organisations. The Parliamentary Secretary appoints members for a two-year term.

Priority work for the CEF includes improving public access to chemical safety information through the development of a Community Engagement Charter, a communication strategy targeting the information needs of specific groups and assisting NICNAS with advice and improving online services.

The CEF met formally two times in 2005-06. The 2 nd Meeting on 27 March 2006 was held to discuss the public engagement process for the Existing Chemical Assessment Program Review.

The focus of activities this year was on finalising the Community Engagement Charter, providing input into NICNASís strategic direction for the next three years, developing community stakeholder lists, and planning and facilitating the public engagement process and forums for the EC Program Review. Members have also participated in a number of LRCC implementation and EC Program Review work groups.

CEF Membership as at 30 June 2006 and attendance at 2005-06 meetings

Members

Representing

Meeting 1

14 October 2005

Meeting 2

27 March 2006

Dr Margaret Hartley (Chair)

Director NICNAS

P

P

Ms Jane Bremmer 2

Environmental Interests

P1

P

Dr Bro Sheffield-Brotherton 2

Environmental Interests

P

P

Ms Pamela Grassick

Worker Health and Safety Interests

X

 

Ms Renata Musolino

Worker Health and Safety Interests

P

P

Associate Professor Christopher Winder 2

Public Health Interests

P

X

Dr Liz Hanna

Public Health Interests

P

P

Mr Griffin DíCosta

Secretariat

P

X

Mr Stephen Zaluzny

Secretariat

X

P

1 By telephone

2 Reappointed to CEF in 2005-06