Call for Representatives: Bushfire Advisory Committee and Rural Fire Service Advisory Council 

The Nature Conservation Council (NCC) is seeking representatives to sit on the Bush Fire Advisory Committee (BFAC) and the Rural Fire Service Advisory Council (RFSAC). Applications will be accepted for either or both positions.

Bushfire Advisory Committee

The committee primarily oversees the operation of the Bushfire Program including the biennial NCC Bushfire Conference and provides strategic and technical advice on bushfire issues, including advising on matters raised by our representatives on District Bush Fire Management Committees, and ensuring relevant bushfire issues are addressed in the NCC’s strategic plan, programs and policies. Members of BFAC represent NCC on the Rural Fire Service Advisory Council (RFSAC), the Bushfire Coordinating Committee (BFCC) and related sub-committees and working groups, contributing to bushfire policy development and state level bush fire management planning processes. The Committee meets quarterly.

Current BFAC members

Rural Fire Service Advisory Council

This is a statutory position as part of the Rural Fires Act 1997. The Council advises and reports to the Minister and the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Commissioner on subjects relating to the administration of the Rural Fire Service. The Council advises the Commissioner on RFS policies, related programs, public education, training of RFS personnel and internal service standards. The role of the NCC representative on this Council includes ensuring that nature conservation and the protection of the environment are considered as part of these matters. The Council currently meets twice per year.

Selection criteria

Applicants for either the NCC Bushfire Advisory Committee or the Rural Fire Service Advisory Council will preferably have tertiary qualifications (range of fields considered), an excellent knowledge of current fire management issues and related NCC policies, previous experience in the areas of fire ecology and/or fire management policy, planning or operations (particularly for RFSAC) and excellent negotiation, communication and strategic planning or policy skills.

These roles are voluntary and provide a unique opportunity to influence and shape bushfire policies and directions for improved environmental outcomes.

Applications

To apply for the Bush Fire Advisory Committee representative role, the Rural Fire Service Advisory Council role, or both positions, please download an application form and return with a brief cover letter address the selection criteria (maximum 2 pages), and your CV to echia@nature.org.au

Please contact Evelyn Chia for any queries on (02) 9516 0359, echia@nature.org.au.

Application form

Not quite what you were looking for, but still want to to get involved? Try the Bushfire Management Committees (BFMC) page.