GTTAC provides scientific and technical advice to the Gene Technology Regulator (the Regulator) and the Legislative and Governance Forum on Gene Technology (formerly the Gene Technology Ministerial Council) on matters including:
  • gene technology, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically modified products (GM products);
  • applications made under the Gene Technology Act 2000 (the Act);
  • the biosafety aspects of gene technology;
  • the need for policy principles, policy guidelines, codes of practice and technical and procedural guidelines in relation to GMOs and GM products, and the content of such principles, guidelines and codes.
Under the Act, the Regulator assesses licence applications for dealings with GMOs and prepares a Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan (RARMP). A key GTTAC responsibility is the provision of expert scientific advice to the Regulator on licence applications and RARMPs. The Regulator must seek GTTAC advice when assessing licence applications for dealings involving intentional release of GMOs into the environment (DIR). In the case of DIRs assessed as limited and controlled releases, the Regulator is only required to consult GTTAC on the RARMP.

GTTAC comprises 19 members appointed by the Assistant Minister for Health, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, following consultation with the Regulator, State/Territory Ministers and relevant scientific, consumer, health, environmental and industry organisations.

Members include experts in relevant scientific fields including risk assessment, public health and ecology, as well as a layperson. GTTAC must also include a person who is a member of the Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee (GTECCC).PDF version of GTTAC members (PDF 718 KB) HTML version of GTTAC members

Members of GTTAC are subject to strict disclosure of interest provisions which are contained in the Gene Technology Regulations 2001 (the Regulations). The Regulations also describe the way in which matters are to be resolved by the Committee, reporting requirements and procedures for convening meetings of the Committee.

GTTAC Communiques

HTML version of "In Memoriam - Professor Nancy Millis, 1922 - 2012"

GTTAC 2014-2017 group photo

GTTAC 2014-2017 group photo

Left to Right
Front row: Rodney Mahon, Diane Webster, Graham Bonnett, John Rasko (GTTAC Chair), Ian Godwin, Kelly Shaw, John Hayball
Middle row: Ross Barnard, Craig Atkins, Paul Young, Jason Smythe, Joe Smith (Gene Technology Regulator), Michael Michael
Back row: Laura Fell, Kevin Smith, Gabrielle O’Sullivan, Marie Ranson, Michael Dornbusch (GTTAC Secretary)
Absent: Jason Able, Jacqueline Batley, Gabrielle Belz

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