Foreign Affairs and Trade
The Ministerial Advisory Council (MAC) is an important part of the Australian Government's commitment to enhance transparency around the negotiation of free trade agreements (FTAs). The Council will provide a forum through which members can exchange views and engage in frank and robust discussion with the Government and senior trade experts on FTAs and the policies that underpin them. The views from the MAC will help inform the Government's trade negotiating agenda.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    D. Advisory Body - Policy and Stakeholder Consultation

  • Established By / Under

    Minister

  • Paid Members?

    No

  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members

    20

  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Function Categorization

    Advisory Board

  • Creation Date

    17 June 2020

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham 17 June 2020 17 June 2022
Deputy Chair The Hon. Andrew Gee MP 17 June 2020 17 June 2022
Other Ms. Christine Holgate 17 June 2020 17 June 2022
Member President, National Farmers Federation Fiona Simson 17 June 2020 17 June 2022
Member International Trade Consultant Andrew Stoler 17 June 2020 17 June 2022
Member Managing Director, Meat and Livestock Australia Jason Strong 17 June 2020 17 June 2022
Member Deputy Chair, Australian Tourism Export Council Jacqui Walshe BBS, MBA, GAICD 17 June 2020 17 June 2022
Member National Secretary, The Australian Workers' Union Dan Walton 17 June 2020 17 June 2022
Member Chief Executive, Australian Grape and Wine Tony Battaglene 17 June 2020 17 June 2022
Member Vice-Chancellor, University of Wollongong Prof. Paul Wellings CBE 17 June 2020 17 June 2022
Member - Chief Executive Officer, Supply Nation Laura Berry 17 June 2020 17 June 2022
Member President, Australian Services Roundtable James Bond 17 June 2020 17 June 2022
Member Chair, Consumers' Federation of Australia Gerard Brody 17 June 2020 17 June 2022
Member Chief Executive Officer, Minerals Council of Australia Tania Constable PSM 17 June 2020 17 June 2022
Member Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Public Accountants Andrew Conway FIPA FFA 17 June 2020 17 June 2022
Member Chief Executive Officer, Free TV Australia Bridget Fair GAICD 17 June 2020 17 June 2022
Member Partner, King & Wood Mallesons Scott Farrell 17 June 2020 17 June 2022
Member Chair, Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Kevin Gallagher 17 June 2020 17 June 2022
Member Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell AO 17 June 2020 17 June 2022
Member Acting Chief Executive Officer, Seafood Industry Australia Veronica Papacosta 17 June 2020 17 June 2022
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