Gene Technology Ministers’ Meeting

The Gene Technology Ministers’ Meeting governs the operation of the National Gene Technology Scheme and the activities of the Gene Technology Regulator.


The Gene Technology Ministers’ Meeting (GTMM) is established under the intergovernmental Gene Technology Agreement 2001. It governs the operation of the National Gene Technology Scheme and the activities of the Gene Technology Regulator.

Terms of reference

Previously known as the Gene Technology Ministerial Council and then the Legislative and Governance Forum on Gene Technology, the GTMM:


The GTMM is comprised of ministers with responsibility for gene technology from all Australian governments. Members represent all portfolios with an interest in gene technology within their jurisdiction. They are responsible for agreeing a 'whole of government' position on issues the GTMM consider. This makes sure that the national scheme is robust and represents multiple policy and stakeholder perspectives.

Member Jurisdiction Background and experience
TBA Australian Government


The Hon. Rachel Stephen-Smith MLA ACT

Minister for Health
Minister for Families and Community Services
Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

The Hon. Dugald Saunders MP NSW Minister for Agriculture
Minister for Western New South Wales
The Hon. Paul Kirby MLA NT

Minister for Agribusiness and Fisheries
Minister for Business, Jobs and Training
Minister for Major Events
Minister for Public Employment
Minister for Veterans' Affairs

The Hon. Meaghan Scanlon MP Qld Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef
Minister for Science and Youth Affairs
The Hon Chris Picton MP SA Minister for Health and Wellbeing
The Hon Jo Palmer MLC Tas Minister for Primary Industries and Water
Minister for Resources
Minister for Disability Services
Minister for Women
The Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MP WA Minister Agriculture and Food 
Minister for Regional Development
Minister for Hydrogen Industry


The GTMM usually holds at least one face to face or virtual meeting each year. Issues are considered out of session wherever possible.


Related committees or groups

The Gene Technology Standing Committee is a group of senior officials that supports the GTMM.


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