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Australian Research Council Bill 2001

Part 4 Committees

   

30   Board may establish committees

             (1)  The Board may, with the approval of the Minister, establish a committee or committees to assist in carrying out the functions of the ARC or the Board.

             (2)  The Board may, with the approval of the Minister, dissolve a committee at any time.

31   Functions of a committee

             (1)  The functions of a committee established under section 30 are as determined by the Board.

             (2)  In performing its functions, the committee must comply with any directions given to the committee by the Board.

32   Appointment of committee members

             (1)  Subject to subsections (2) and (3), a committee established under section 30 is to consist of such members as are appointed by the Board with the approval of the Minister.

             (2)  A committee must have at least 5 members.

             (3)  A committee may consist of:

                     (a)  persons who are all Board members (other than the CEO); or

                     (b)  one or more Board members (other than the CEO) and one or more other persons; or

                     (c)  persons none of whom are Board members.

The CEO cannot be appointed as a member of a committee.

             (4)  The Board must, in making appointments to a committee, try to ensure that the composition of the committee reflects the diversity of the interests in the matter or matters that the committee will be dealing with.

             (5)  Subject to subsection (6), the Board may, with the approval of the Minister, designate a member of a committee as the Chair of the committee.

             (6)  The Board must not designate as Chair of a committee a person who is a member of the staff referred to in section 41.

33   Terms and conditions of committee members

             (1)  A member of a committee established under section 30 holds office for such period as is determined by the Board with the approval of the Minister.

             (2)  A member of a committee holds office on the terms and conditions (in relation to matters not otherwise covered by this Act) that are determined by the Board with the approval of the Minister.

             (3)  A committee member may resign by giving the Board a written resignation.

             (4)  The Board may at any time, with the approval of the Minister, terminate the appointment of a committee member.