Marine National Facility Steering Committee Charter

The Committee assists the Board to fulfil its governance responsibilities through the provision high level advice on the ongoing delivery of ocean research capabilities for the nation.

Purpose

The purpose of the Marine National Facility Steering Committee (MNFSC) is to assist the Board to fulfil its governance responsibilities through the provision of high level advice on the ongoing delivery of ocean research capabilities for the nation.

The Committee will manage the delivery of the:

  • Strategic directions with reference to the Australian and international scientific and political context;
  • Allocation of time on the Facility; and
  • Performance of the Facility.

Specific responsibilities

In fulfilling its purpose, the Committee will:

  • Provide high-level advice to the MNF Director and more broadly, to CSIRO on:
    • Strategic directions for the MNF, with reference to the Australian and international scientific and political context, including establishing policy guidelines for the operation of the MNF;
    • Allocation of time on the Facility;
    • Performance of the Facility to CSIRO; and
    • The most appropriate advisory sub committees to discharge its duties.
  • Committee members also act as advocates for the MNF and for Australia’s marine based research capability with its many stakeholders within Australia and internationally. They will promote the wide and effective use of the Facility, and raise awareness of the Facility and the research that it supports in a wide range of forums.
  • Support the Board’s expectation that the CSIRO’s role in the operation of the MNF will be appropriately recognised in activities undertaken by the MNFSC imparting a positive reputation for the organisation.

With respect to the allocation of time for access and use of the Facility:

  • There will be no guaranteed allocation of research time on the Marine National Facility for any users including CSIRO staff.  Use of the Facility for marine based research will be based on an independent assessment of scientific merit, national benefit and technical feasibility.
  • The MNFSC will appoint an independent Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) with membership drawn from the Australian marine based research community to provide advice to the MNFSC on assessment of proposals, scientific operations, equipment needs, feedback from users, and any other marine research matters relevant to the National Facility’s operations as required.
  • The MNFSC will advise the MNF Director on the appropriate policy guidelines for the SAC.
  • The MNF Director is responsible for coordination of the SAC process and will provide administrative support to the SAC.
  • Scheduling of the Facility will be consistent with the scientific priorities determined by the MNFSC, and is the responsibility of the MNF Director.
  • Use of Facility time by CSIRO staff for purposes other than research, such as maintenance of the facility or testing new equipment, will be determined by the MNF Director.

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