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Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee (GTTAC)

GTTAC provides scientific and technical advice to the Gene Technology Regulator and the Gene Technology Ministers’ Meeting.

GTTAC provides scientific and technical advice to the Gene Technology Regulator and the Gene Technology Ministers’ Meeting.

GTTAC provides advice on:

  • gene technology, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically modified (GM) products
  • applications made under the Gene Technology Act 2000
  • the biosafety aspects of gene technology
  • principles, guidelines and codes of practice for GMOs and GM products.

The Regulator must consult the committee on all licence applications for dealings involving intentional release of GMOs into the environment (DIR) not assessed as a limited and controlled release. They must also consult on Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plans (RARMPs) prepared for all DIR licence applications.

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

Members of GTTAC

The committee has 14 members appointed by the Minister. Members include experts in relevant scientific fields (such as risk assessment, public health and ecology) and a layperson. The committee must also include a member of the Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee (GTECCC). The regulations impose strict disclosure of interest provisions on members.

Current members (2023–2026)

  • Prof John Rasko AO, Chair
  • Dr Graham Bonnett
  • Honorary Prof Fiona Cameron
  • Associate Prof Michael Considine
  • Dr Tessa Gargett
  • Dr Grant Logan
  • Associate Prof Michael Michael
  • Prof Geraldine O'Neill
  • Dr Gabrielle O'Sullivan
  • Dr Kelly Pearce
  • Dr Jason Smythe
  • Prof Jane Visvader
  • Prof Calum Wilson
  • Prof Paul Young

Documents

Member biographies

Communiques

Communique of GTTAC meeting of 18 December 2023

Communique of GTTAC meeting of 14 November 2023

Communique of GTTAC meeting of 4 September 2023

Communique of GTTAC meeting of 2 August 2023

Communique of GTTAC meeting of 29 November 2022

Communique of GTTAC meeting of 12 September 2022

Communique of GTTAC meeting of 15 August 2022

Communique of GTTAC meeting of 28 April 2022

Communique of GTTAC meeting of 28 February 2022

Communique of GTTAC meeting of 13 December 2021

Communique of GTTAC meeting of 28 September 2021

Communique of GTTAC meeting of 26 July 2021

Communique of GTTAC meeting of 11 May 2021

Communique of GTTAC meeting of 23 February 2021

Communique of GTTAC meeting of 7 January 2021

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Archived communiques

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

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