Inquiry into the use of chemical substances by employees of the former Victorian Department of Crown Lands and Survey (and its successor departments)
Terms of Reference
 

1. Preamble

The Government is conducting an independent inquiry into the use of chemical substances 24D and 245T by the former Victorian Department of Crown Lands and Survey (and its successor departments) for weed and pest control between 1965 and 1995 in Ballarat and surrounding areas.
 
This inquiry has been established as a result of concerns raised by former employees of the Victorian Department of Crown Lands and Survey (and its successor departments) in 2014 in the geographical area cited above.
 
These Terms of Reference establish the Former Lands Department Chemical Use Independent Inquiry and set out the scope of the inquiry to be conducted by the Chair.
 

2. Former Lands Department Chemical Use Independent Inquiry

2.1 A Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC), to be referred to as the Former Lands Department Chemical Use Independent Inquiry, is established by the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water by these Terms of Reference from 1 March 2015 to 30 September 2015.
 
2.2 The Former Lands Department Chemical Use Independent Inquiry consists of one member (the Chair), who is appointed by the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water by instrument of appointment.
 
2.3 The Chair is entitled to such remuneration and expenses as are fixed by the Minister in his instrument of appointment.
 
2.4 The Chair is subject to the terms set out in his instrument of appointment and these Terms of Reference.
 
2.5 The Former Lands Department Chemical Use Independent Inquiry is accountable to the Minister.
 
2.6 The Minister may abolish the Former Lands Department Chemical Use Independent Inquiry or terminate the Chair appointment at any time prior to the end of the inquiry by providing written notice to the Chair, which will be effective immediately or such later date as specified in that notice.