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Part 4—Office of Animal Welfare Advisory Committee

Part 4 Office of Animal Welfare Advisory Committee

   

24   Establishment of the Office of Animal Welfare Advisory Committee

                   The Office of Animal Welfare Advisory Committee is established by this section.

25   Functions of the Committee

                   The Committee has the following functions:

                     (a)  at the request of the CEO—to report to and advise the CEO in relation to any of the CEO’s functions referred to in section 9;

                     (b)  any other functions conferred on the Committee by a provision of another Act;

                     (c)  anything incidental or conducive to the performance of any of the above functions.

26   Membership of the Committee

                   The Committee consists of the following members:

                     (a)  the CEO;

                     (b)  each of the following:

                              (i)  3 members representing non-governmental animal welfare organisations;

                             (ii)  1 member representing consumer groups;

                            (iii)  1 member representing scientists specialising in animal welfare issues;

                            (iv)  1 member representing ethicists specialising in animal welfare issues;

                             (v)  1 member representing the Department;

                            (vi)  1 member representing commercial producers, or commercial purchasers, of animals or animal products;

                     (c)  not more than 2 other persons, as the CEO considers appropriate.

27   Procedures of the Committee

             (1)  The CEO is to be the Chair of the Committee.

             (2)  The Chair of the Committee must hold such meetings as are necessary for the efficient performance of the Committee’s functions.

             (3)  The Chair must preside at all meetings at which he or she is present.

             (4)  If the Chair is not present at a meeting, the Chair may appoint a delegate to chair the meeting in place of the Chair.

28   Disclosure of interests

             (1)  A member of the Committee who has an interest, pecuniary or otherwise, in a matter being considered or about to be considered by the Committee must disclose the nature of the interest to a meeting of the Committee.

             (2)  The disclosure must be made as soon as possible after the relevant facts have come to the member’s knowledge.

             (3)  The disclosure must be recorded:

                     (a)  in the minutes of the meeting of the Committee; and

                     (b)  in any advice provided, or recommendations made, to the CEO by the Committee; and

                     (c)  in any guidelines issued to the CEO by the Committee.