The States and Territories MOU Group exists as a conduit for the free flow of information and needs between the states and territories and NICNAS on OHS, environmental and health matters relating to the use of chemicals in Australia.

Each jurisdiction has a representative nominated as a member of the MOU. That person liases with contacts from various departments with a role in chemical safety, such as environment, health, and Workcover within their state or territory. This allows those regulating and controlling chemicals to raise issues of concern regarding chemicals with the Australian Government through their MOU representative and for NICNAS and its partner agencies to pass information to those involved in the day-to-day implementation of chemical regulation and policy.

The MOU was signed in 1991 with the intention of formally recording arrangements to facilitate the operation of the Act, under which NICNAS was established, and States and Territories legislation relating to industrial chemicals. Under the MOU, each State and Territory is to consider and wherever possible implement each recommendation in an assessment report published by the Director, NICNAS and to inform the Director of any consequential action taken in respect of any recommendations. The agreement also provides mechanisms in relation to facilitating the operation of specific sections of the Act relating to new and existing chemicals.

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

Members

Representing

9 September 2005

24 February 2006

Dr Roshini Jayewardene (Chair)

NICNAS

P

P

Dr Usha St George

NSW

P

P

Dr David Grantham

QLD

P

X 1

Mr Errol Conroy

QLD

X 1

P

Mr Bill Brodie

ACT

X 2

P

Mr Greg Balka

VIC

P

X 3

Mr Ross Bootes

VIC

X 3

P

Dr Jeff Langley

WA

P

P

Mr Joe Crea

SA

P

P

Mr Steve Caldwell

NT

X

X 4

Mr Ian Graham

TAS

P

P

Mr Lewis Norman (Secretariat)

NICNAS

P

P

1. Dr Grantham retired from the MOU following the September 2005 meeting and was replaced by Mr Conroy.

2. The ACT MOU Membership was vacant at the time of the September 2005 meeting.

3. Mr Bootes replaced Mr Balka following the September 2005 meeting

4. The NT MOU Membership was vacant at the time of the February 2006 meeting.