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Governance - AIATSIS Council

The AIATSIS Council is the accountable authority under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act). It consists of nine members.

Four members are elected from and by AIATSIS members. Since the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Act 1989 (AIATSIS Act) was amended in March 2016, at least two of the elected members must be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people and two must be women.

Five members are appointed by the Minister. The Minister’s appointments must ensure a majority of Indigenous representation and take into account gender balance, skills and experience.

Council members are appointed or elected for four-year terms and may not serve more than two consecutive terms.

Council members are remunerated in accordance with the Remuneration Tribunal determination for part-time statutory office holders. All members of the AIATSIS Council are non-executive members.