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Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Bill 1998

Part 4 The Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council

   

18   Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council

                   The Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council is established.

19   Functions of the Council

                   The Council has the following functions:

                     (a)  to identify emerging issues relating to radiation protection and nuclear safety and to advise the CEO on them;

                     (b)  to examine matters of major concern to the community in relation to radiation protection and nuclear safety and to advise the CEO on them;

                     (c)  to advise the CEO on the adoption of recommendations, policies, codes and standards in relation to radiation protection and nuclear safety;

                     (d)  to advise the CEO, at the CEO’s request, on other matters relating to radiation protection and nuclear safety;

                     (e)  to advise the CEO on such other matters relating to radiation protection and nuclear safety as the Council considers appropriate.

20   Membership of the Council

             (1)  The Council consists of the following members:

                     (a)  the CEO;

                     (b)  2 radiation control officers;

                     (c)  a person to represent the interests of the general public;

                     (d)  up to 8 other members.

             (2)  Each member, other than the CEO, is to be appointed by the Minister by written instrument.

             (3)  Before appointing a member, the Minister must consult the CEO in relation to the appointment.

             (4)  The Minister must not appoint a person as a member unless the Minister is satisfied that the person has expertise relevant to, or knowledge of, radiation protection or nuclear safety.

             (5)  The Minister must appoint a member to be the Chair of the Council.

             (6)  Each member, including the Chair, holds office on a part-time basis.

21   Radiation Health Committee

                   The Radiation Health Committee is established.

22   Functions of the Radiation Health Committee

             (1)  The Radiation Health Committee has the following functions:

                     (a)  to advise the CEO and the Council on matters relating to radiation protection;

                     (b)  to develop policies and to prepare draft publications for the promotion of uniform national standards of radiation protection;

                     (c)  to formulate draft national policies, codes and standards in relation to radiation protection for consideration by the Commonwealth, the States and the Territories.

             (2)  The Committee’s functions are to be performed only on the request of the CEO or the Council.

23   Membership of the Radiation Health Committee

             (1)  The Radiation Health Committee consists of the following members:

                     (a)  a representative of each State and Territory, each of whom must be a radiation control officer;

                     (b)  the CEO;

                     (c)  a representative of the Nuclear Safety Committee;

                     (d)  a person to represent the interests of the general public;

                     (e)  up to 2 other members.

             (2)  Each member, other than the CEO, is to be appointed by the CEO by written instrument.

             (3)  Before appointing a member, the CEO must consult the Council in relation to the appointment.

             (4)  The CEO must not appoint a person as a member unless the CEO is satisfied that the person has expertise relevant to, or knowledge of, radiation protection or radiation health.

             (5)  The CEO must appoint a member to be the Chair of the Committee.

             (6)  Each member, including the Chair, holds office on a part-time basis.

24   Nuclear Safety Committee

                   The Nuclear Safety Committee is established.

25   Functions of the Nuclear Safety Committee

             (1)  The Nuclear Safety Committee has the following functions:

                     (a)  to advise the CEO and the Council on matters relating to nuclear safety and the safety of controlled facilities;

                     (b)  to review and assess the effectiveness of standards, codes, practices and procedures in relation to the safety of controlled facilities;

                     (c)  to develop detailed policies and to prepare draft publications for the promotion of uniform national standards in relation to the safety of controlled facilities.

             (2)  The Committee’s functions are to be performed only on the request of the CEO or the Council.

26   Membership of the Nuclear Safety Committee

             (1)  The Nuclear Safety Committee consists of the following members:

                     (a)  the CEO;

                     (b)  a person to represent the interests of the general public;

                     (c)  a representative of the Radiation Health Committee;

                     (d)  a person to represent the local government or the local administration of an area affected by a matter related to the safety of a controlled facility;

                     (e)  up to 8 other members.

             (2)  Each member, other than the CEO, is to be appointed by the CEO by written instrument.

             (3)  Before appointing a member, the CEO must consult the Council in relation to the appointment.

             (4)  The CEO must not appoint a person as a member unless the CEO is satisfied that the person has expertise in, or knowledge of:

                     (a) nuclear safety; or

                     (b)  other industrial or safety-related regulation; or

                     (c)  a related area.

             (5)  The CEO must appoint a member to be the Chair of the Committee.

             (6)  Each member, including the Chair, holds office on a part-time basis.

27   Remuneration

             (1)  A member of the Council, the Radiation Health Committee or the Nuclear Safety Committee is to be paid the remuneration that is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. If no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, the member is to be paid the remuneration that is prescribed.

             (2)  A member referred to in subsection (1) is to be paid the allowances that are prescribed.

             (3)  This section has effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 .

28   Regulations

                   The regulations may prescribe matters relating to the Council, the Radiation Health Committee and the Nuclear Safety Committee, including, but not limited to, the following:

                     (a)  the term of appointment of members;

                     (b)  resignation of members;

                     (c)  disclosure of interests by members;

                     (d)  procedural matters.