Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee (GTECCC)

GTECCC provides advice to the Gene Technology Regulator and the Gene Technology Ministers’ Meeting.

GTECCC provides advice to the Gene Technology Regulator and the Gene Technology Ministers’ Meeting.

The Gene Technology Act 2000 establishes GTECCC. The Regulator and the Ministers’ Meeting can request advice from the committee on:

  • ethical issues relating to gene technology
  • principles, guidelines and codes of practice for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically modified (GM) products
  • community consultation on the process for applications for licences covering dealings that involve the intentional release of a GMO into the environment (DIRs)
  • risk communication matters for DIRs
  • matters of general concern about GMOs
  • matters identified by the Regulator.

The Gene Technology Regulations 2001 detail how the committee should make decisions, its reporting requirements and procedures for convening meetings.

Members of GTECCC

The committee has nine members and one expert adviser appointed by the Minister. Members must have skills or experience in relevant fields such as community consultation, risk communication, ethics, law and environmental issues.

The committee must include:

The regulations impose strict disclosure of interest provisions on members.

Current members (2023-2026)

  • Associate Prof Judith Jones, Chair
  • Prof Rachel Ankeny
  • Ms Paula Fitzgerald
  • Dr Jaden Jenifer Hastings, expert adviser
  • Prof Ainsley Newson
  • Dr Rachel Nowak
  • Dr Gabrielle O'Sullivan
  • Dr Kelly Pearce
  • Dr Robert Sward AM
  • Dr Lynn Woodward


Member biographies

Advice to the Regulator on new technologies

This paper is written as advice from GTECCC about key social and ethical issues and questions  raised by new gene technologies.

Environmental ethics as it relates to gene technology in Australia

This paper discusses what people think about the potential harm (or benefits) of gene technology for the environment and what are duties are toward the environment.

National Framework of Ethical Principles in Gene Technology 2012

The National Framework of Ethical Principles in Gene Technology 2012 is a set of principles which Australian scientists and researchers are expected to abide by when dealing with gene technology and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).


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Archived communiques

You can view GTECCC communiques published before 2021 in the web archive.

You can also view communiques published by GTECCC's predecessors, the Gene Technology Community Consultative Committee (GTCCC) and the Gene Technology Ethics Committee (GTEC).

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