In March 1997, the Government agreed to amend the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 to introduce new funding arrangements for NICNAS. Under these arrangements, the chemical industry will directly contribute to the operating costs of NICNAS.

In order to ensure that industry has the opportunity to participate in the NICNAS budgetary process, a joint Industry Government Consultative Committee (IGCC) was established. The Committee meets at least twice a year.

The Committee has eight members, including four industry representatives and four Government representatives. The membership consists of one representative from each of the following organisations:

Industry

o ACCORD Australasia

o Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA)

o Australian Paint Manufacturers Federation (APMF)

o Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)

Government

o NICNAS (Chair)

o Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR)

o Australian Government Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources (DITR)

o Australian Government Department of Environment and Heritage (DEH)

Given the integral relationship between the Director NICNAS and the National Manager of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Group of Regulators, the National Manager, TGA Group of Regulators, will be an ex-officio member of the IGCC.

The IGCC:

o reviews the utilisation of resources against NICNAS objectives

o reviews the performance of NICNAS against agreed performance indicators (including those established in the NICNAS Service Charter and Corporate Plan), and in particular the impact on industry and the protection of human health and the environment

o develops strategies for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of NICNAS operations within the context of (i) established goals and objectives and (ii) developing and emerging issues, and

o develops compliance strategies and monitors the effectiveness of these strategies in promoting compliance with the Scheme.

The Chair of the Committee has reported as necessary (at least every six months) to the Minister on the outcomes of the Committee.

IGCC Membership at 30 June 2006 and attendance at 2005-06 meetings

Member

Representing

IGCC 23 14 September 2005

IGCC 24 29 November 2005

IGCC 25 19 May 2006

Dr Margaret Hartley (Chair)

Director NICNAS

P

P

P

Ms Bronwyn Capanna

ACCORD

X

P

P

Mr Geoff MacAlpine

ACCORD

P

Mr Nick Munafo

PACIA

YP

P

Mr Michael Catchpole

PACIA

P

Mr Michael Hambrook

APMF

P

P

P

Ms Sylvia Kidziak

AM ACCI

P

P

X

Mr Wayne Cresar

DEWR

P

Dr Martin Merrett

DEWR

P

Mr Drew Wagner

DEWR

X

Mr Lyn Hansen

DITR

P

P

X

Mr Lee Eeles

DEH

P

P

Ms Mary Harwood

DEH

P

Dr David Graham Ex-officio

TGA

P

P

P

Mr Nick Miller

Secretariat

P

P

P