In the period preceding an election for the House of Representatives, the Australian Government assumes a caretaker role (see the Guidance on Caretaker Conventions from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet). As this website is hosted by the Australian Astronomical Observatory (a division of the Department of Industry, Innovation & Science), content will be moderated from the time the House of Representatives is dissolved until after the election to ensure that political material is not placed on the site.
The AAO Advisory Committee is mandated by the Australian Astronomical Observatory Act 2010 and advises the Secretary and Director about the performance of the astronomical functions of the AAO. The members of the Committee are appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science on the recommendation of the Department after consultation with key stakeholders in the astronomy community. The AAOAC will normally meet twice a year. The role and membership of the committee are given below; full and definitive details are contained in the AAOAC Terms of Reference.