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.



Background and experience

The Hon. Ged Kearney MP

Australian Government

Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care

The Hon. Rachel Stephen-Smith MLA


Minister for Health
Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs
Minister for Children, Youth and Families

The Hon. Tara Moriarty MLC


Minister for Agriculture
Minister for Regional New South Wales
Minister for Western New South Wales

The Hon. Paul Kirby MLA


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. Leanne Linard MP


Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and

Minister for Multicultural Affairs

The Hon. Chris Picton MP


Minister for Health and Wellbeing

The Hon. Jo Palmer MLC


Minister for Primary Industries and Water
Minister for Disability Services
Minister for Women
Minister for Prevention of Family Violence

The Hon. Mary-Anne Thomas


Minister for Health
Minister for Health Infrastructure
Minister for Medical Research

The Hon. Jackie Jarvis MLC


Minister Agriculture and Food 
Minister for Forestry
Minister for Small Business


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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