Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee FAQs
What is the purpose of the new Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee?
The purpose of the WDMAC is to generate and provide expert and strategic advice to the Minister for Agriculture on matters relating to the management of wild dogs in Victoria, consistent with the role and functions defined in this Terms of Reference. The WDMAC will also advise on any other matter referred to it by the Minister or the department.
Specifically, the role of the WDMAC is to provide advice on:
- How Victoria can best align its approaches to wild dog management with best practice.
- Developing relationships between community, industry, State Government, and other affected stakeholders and how best to support a collaborative approach to wild dog management.
- Reducing the negative impacts of wild dogs, and the negative impacts from the management of wild dogs on all matters relating to agriculture, the environment and social wellbeing of communities affected by wild dogs.
- Monitoring, evaluation and reporting arrangements to facilitate evidence-based decision-making in wild dog management.
- Legislative and non-legislative interventions to achieve policy outcomes for wild dog management.
- Advise on research and development knowledge gaps relating to all aspects of wild dog management;
- Any other matters referred by the Minister or department.
Who will the new Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee be reporting to?
The Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee will be reporting to the Minister for Agriculture. The Committee will also provide an annual report in writing, from the chairperson to the Minister, outlining an evaluation of delivery of the work plan, by 31 March each year or as close as practical to the completion of the annual cycle.
What is the composition of the new Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee?
The membership of the WDMAC will comprise the following positions:
- chairperson; and
- up to six other members.
The members will represent affected regions and agricultural communities and include members with skills in areas such as wild dog management, catchment management, biodiversity conservation, conservation ecology and threatened species management, community welfare, and the science of wild dog management.
The Minister for Agriculture will appoint the Chairperson and members. The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change will recommend up to two members.
Who will be chairing the new Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee?
The Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee will be chaired by Ms Harriet Shing, MLC Eastern Victoria.
Ms Shing is a member of the Victorian Parliament Eastern Victoria region and was elected in 2014. Ms. Shing is the Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Environment and Planning Committee, a member of the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee and co-chair of the Victorian Government LGBTI Justice Taskforce.
Who are the members of the new Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee or how can I express my interest in becoming a member?
Expression of interests for the member positions on the committee are currently being sought through:
A copy of the committee's Terms of Reference is also available on the Agriculture Victoria website.
The Minister for Agriculture strongly welcomes expressions of interest from women in the industry.
How long is the term of appointment?
The term of office of the chairperson and members will be up to three years.
How often will the new Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee meet?
The Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee will meet quarterly or as required, to ensure the delivery of its work plan.
How will any potential, real or perceived conflict of interest be managed?
The Terms of Reference require conflicts of interest (real, potential or perceived) to be declared at the start of each meeting. When a chairperson, member or observer makes a declaration of conflict of interest, the chairperson, or in the case of a declaration by the chairperson, the members as a collective may:
- refuse the member the right to speak to the business,
- refuse the member the right to vote on that business, and
- require the member to withdraw from a meeting for a period of discussion and resolution of that business.
Declarations of conflict of interest will be recorded in the minutes of the meeting. A review of the Committee will be undertaken within three years and at least every six years thereafter.