Supplementary Scheduling Committee Terms of Reference

Find out more about the purpose, membership, nominations, terms of appointment, and roles and responsibilities of the Supplementary Scheduling Committee (SSC).

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Purpose

The purpose of the SSC is to provide advice to the MNFSC on:

  • Supplementary applications for MNF Granted Voyages for research, education and the testing of new equipment and processes;
  • The draft final voyage schedule; and
  • User Funded Voyage proposals.

Membership

The membership of the SSC comprises of:

  • MNF Operations Manager (Chair);
  • Two members of the MNF Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC);
  • One member of the National Benefit Assessment Panel (NBAP); and
  • MNF Operations Officer/s.

 Note – Additional members of the SAC and NBAP can be called on as required.

Nomination and terms

The following process is carried out annually to select members of the SSC:

  1. SAC Chair nominates two SAC representatives for endorsement by the MNFSC Chair;
  2. NBAP Chair nominatesa NBAPrepresentative for endorsement by the MNFSC Chair; and
  3. he nomination of members takes into account the assessment requirements after applications have been received .

Sitting fees

Independent members of the SSC may be entitled to be paid sitting fees for the meetings andcommittee work outside of normal meetings which are carried out on behalf of the Marine National Facility.

Meetings

The SSC will have at least one formal meeting a year and additional meetings as required including the assessment of User Funded Voyage proposals as received.

Conflict of interest and confidentiality

Any SSC member who has a real or potential conflict of interest must declare
this to the
SSC
Chair at the outsetof any meeting. The conflict and resulting decision will berecordedin themeetingminutes.SSC members must at all times strictly maintain confidentiality of the SSC process.

Roles

The role of the SSC is outlined in the MNF policy Principles of Access to Investigator and more specifically below.

MNF Granted Voyages

The roles of the SSC are to advise the MNFSC by:

  • Providing advice on the conduct and effectiveness of the Supplementary application process;
  • Annually assessing and ranking proposals;
  • Making a recommendation on which proposals from the Supplementary application process should (or should not) be considered for inclusion in the annual voyage schedule;
  • Producing a draft final voyage schedule; and
  • Providing any other advice as required.

User Funded Voyages (UFV)

The roles of the SSC are to advise the MNF Director by:

  • Assessing and ranking UFV proposals;
  • Making a recommendation on which UFV proposals should (or should not) be considered for inclusion in the annual voyage schedule; and
  • Providing any other advice as required.